Sheffield Steelers’ Guildford Flames win overshadowed by Anthony DeLuca’s failed drug test


Justin Hodgman of the Sheffield Steelers, left, fights for the puck in the Elite League 3-1 win at Guildford Flames Photo: John Uwins / EIHL

The club were rocked on Friday night when striker Anthony DeLuca told them he had failed a doping control.

This resulted in the 26-year-old’s immediate suspension, and more news is expected this week after DeLuca consulted with officials at the UK Anti-Doping Agency.

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Steelers head coach Aaron Fox couldn’t add more to the situation when questioned after Saturday night’s 5-4 Challenge Cup loss to the Nottingham Panthers, but that will be the last thing which he needs since he has just placed two more of his attackers. – Brendan Connolly and Marc-Olivier Vallerand – on the injured reserve.

Anthony DeLuca – suspended immediately by Sheffield Steelers. Photo: Dean Woolley.

Connolly is likely out for the season with a knee injury, but if DeLuca ends up leaving the Steelers, he’ll need to find two new import forwards as quickly as possible.

On the ice, the injured Steelers put in two admirable performances, bouncing off their disappointment at home in their last Cup group game, returning from their trip to Guildford Flames in the league with a 3-1 victory.

The Steelers came out in high spirits, Robert Dowd putting them in first with just 2.48 per click before helping Martin Latal take the lead to 2-0 just under four minutes later.

That was how it stayed until the 49th minute when John Armstrong strengthened the visitors’ grip on the game with a power-play strike and, although the Flames retaliated in seconds thanks to Jordan Cownie, the The Steelers remained determined to pick up two vital points in the league. .

On Saturday, 58th-minute goals from Latal and Matias Sointu saw the Steelers come back from behind to face Nottingham in overtime – Alex Graham having struck twice already. But they were ultimately refused when Christophe Boivin scored just over two minutes after the start of the extra session.

In the NIHL National, the Sheffield Steeldogs saw their lead at the top of the standings revised when they lost 3-0 at home to the Swindon Wildcats, the team that will replace them as leaders.

Emil Svec, Balint Pakozdi and Tomasz Malasinski were targeting the visitors.

The Leeds Knights lost 3-2 in overtime to the Raiders on Saturday.


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