A SHORT-BENCHED Edinburgh Capitals went down 5-3 at Sheffield Steelers last night in a battling display marred by what looked a serious knee injury to young Scottish forward Sean Beattie just 90 seconds into the game.
The match was delayed by several minutes before Beattie was stretchered off the ice and taken by ambulance to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.
Caps were already without Canadian defenseman Kyle Flemington after he sustained a head knock before the game, and lost Marcel Petran to injury after two periods.
Caps trailed 3-1 at the end of the first period, Dennis Rix in the fourth minute, briefly tying the things at 1-1 with a great solo effort. The Canadian scored Edinburgh’s second goal late in the second period to bring them back into the game at 4-2. Steelers’ Mathieu Roy gave the Caps too much to do with his second and Sheffield’s fifth goal in the 50th minute. The Yorkshire outfit’s other markers coming from Tomas Petruska, Robert Dowd and Jeff Legue. Capitals captain Jade Portwood completed the scoring with six minutes remaining, scoring on the power-play.
Edinburgh, who remain in ninth place one point behind Coventry Blaze, are next in action tomorrow night, when they entertain Cardiff Devils at Murrayfield (face-off 7.30pm).