Steelers coach predicts tough times

Sheffield Steelers player coach Ben Simon (white jersey) takes on Brad Voth of the Cardiff Devils
Sheffield Steelers player coach Ben Simon (white jersey) takes on Brad Voth of the Cardiff Devils

SHEFFIELD Steelers player-coach Ben Simon is predicting tough times in their quest for the Elite Ice Hockey League Championship title.

With just eight games remaining in the league schedule, and Steelers clear at the top of the table, Simon said: “I guess every game from now on becomes the biggest game of the year.”

“Just because we have taken these two wins off Cardiff we still have to look out for Belfast. There aren’t many games left now and we can’t take anyone lightly.”

One player Simon believes he can rely on in the run in is veteran forward Ashley Tait.

“When the big games come up there are a couple of guys you can count on and that old dog Ashley Tait is always there.”

Tait scored another important goal on Sunday taking his tally for the year to 23.

“He comes to play, he plays the game the right way and he is an honest guy. At the end of the day he steps up when the challenge is there and he elevates his game accordingly.”

Steelers host Dundee Stars on Thursday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, before the visit of Hull Stingrays on Saturday night.