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CLAN made it four wins in a row to take into Christmas as they got the edge over Sheffield Steelers in a 6-3 result.

With three wins on the trot already, Clan were looking to enter the busy festive period in the best possible fashion and the signs in the first period were certainly positive.

While killing a penalty with Tyson Wilson in the penalty box for illegal equipment, Steelers were awarded a penalty shot.

Ben O'Connor stepped up and while the build-up looked good, Joel Rumpel in the Clan goal denied him as the puck bounced off his shoulder.

A couple of minutes later, the home side finally opened the deadlock when new signing Guillaume Doucet fired the disc on Steelers goalie Matt Climie.

As the puck dropped, Craig Peacock forced it in and although the officials needed goal line tech to be sure, the decision went the way of the Clan.

Rasmus Bjerrum almost immediately doubled the lead with his third goal of the weekend, taking on a Gerard Hanson and firing past Climie.

Clan added a third early in the second when Brendan Connolly sent a shot high into the net as the home side took advantage of a five-on-three powerplay.

But the Steelers managed to get one on the board when Anthony DeLuca set up Robert Dowd, who fired a good effort past Rumpel.

The home side re-opened the three-goal advantage when Scott Pitt moved in from the right to find Matt Beca, who promptly swept it home.

Beca got his second with a clever flick over Climie to make things a little more comfortable for the Clan, but Steelers managed to make things a little nervy.

John Armstrong and Ben O'Connor struck in the space of 43 seconds to reduce a four-goal gap to two.

But Brendan Connolly's excellent solo effort finished the Steelers to send the Clan fans home for Christmas with the gift of two points.