Sheffield Steelers were shut out for the second successive game, last night.
Last Sunday, they were wiped out 7-0 by Leksands.
Last night, they were beaten 2-0 by Timra of the Swedish top flight.
The first loss had been something of a mess, mainly down to a lack of discipline as well as firepower.
But last night Steelers held their own for large parts of the game.
Sitting in the media gallery were three forwards: Chris Lawrence (his kit didn’t arrive with him today, after his flight from Toronto) and injured pair Matt Rupert and Robert Dowd.
Also out of action was offensive defenceman Mark Matheson, also injured.
Take those four out of the equation and it’s no wonder Sheffield struggled for goals.
Hopefully all of them will be fit and ready for the main action, which starts on September 1.
Tonight, though, they face Timra again in the final challenge game of pre-season.
PRE SEASON RESULTS
Cardiff Devils 3 HK Poprad (Slovakia) 2
Glasgow Clan 0 Fischtown Pinguins (Germany) 3
Nottingham Panthers 7 Dresdner Eislowen (Germany) 5
Sheffield Steelers 0 Timra IK (Sweden) 2