Sheffield Steelers coach demands a sparkling display against Edinburgh

Fredrik Vestberg - enjoying the city of Sheffield
Fredrik Vestberg - enjoying the city of Sheffield

Steelers coach Paul Thompson will be looking for a statement from his players tomorrow, when they take to the ice for the first time since Sunday’s 5-1 mauling at Cardiff Devils.

Sheffield host Edinburgh Capitals in their fifth League match and the team boss is demanding a performance to partially erase the memory of that comprehensive defeat. “We need a good response after that” he said. “We were bitterly disappointing, nobody was at their best. We beat Cardiff 8-1 (in September) and that stuck with them. They are a proud club. But we will get better.”

Steelers outshot Devils 36-20, but as one senior player said, were undone by “seven minutes of madness” in which the Welsh scored three. Cardiff are now on a five game winning streak, having ended Steelers’ own eight game victory run.

Tomorrow seventh-placed Capitals are visitors to iceSheffield, fresh from their 5-4 win over Manchester Storm. Sheffield hope to have Rob Dowd back from injury - especially as some of their bigger names are walking wounded at the moment.

Meanwhile, centreman Fredrick Vestberg, who scored what he modestly described as a “lucky goal” against Nottingham Panthers in Saturday’s 2-1 win, is enjoying playing on a line with Mathieu Roy and Colton Fretter.

The Swedish play-maker says the pair are up there with the best he has played with. “They have good vision” he said. “They have great scoring abilities, they can score from anywhere.”

Vestberg, who will play Edinburgh for the first time tomorrow, said he was enjoying his spell with the defending champions.

“I heard a lot of good stuff about Sheffield so I knew it was a good team. There are great fans and it’s a great city” he said.