Sheffield Steelers plan more trouble for strugglers Coventry Blaze

Zack Fitzgerald explains a point to a heated opponent at Coventry Blaze earlier this season
Zack Fitzgerald explains a point to a heated opponent at Coventry Blaze earlier this season

Sheffield Steelers will host a side desperate to find form in the Challenge Cup on Saturday.

Paul Thompson’s men have already qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition with five wins from seven games.

They wrap up their group obligations against Coventry Blaze, who are in anything but a comfortable position.

Blaze have struggled so far, losing four out of five matches, but can still qualify in their remaining three games.

A return to form for Blaze is well overdue. They have lost their last four cup games, and in September they were put to the sword by Steelers in the Midlands.

They won’t under-estimate the size of the task at the House of Steel.

Despite injuries, the odd defensive lapse and power-play issues, Steelers have been victorious in seven of their last eight matches, a run which has seen them close in on early Elite League pace-setters Cardiff Devils and Nottingham Panthers.

Blaze head coach Danny Stewart was demoralised by a late loss last weekend, saying his side was struggling to score goals, a problem which was heaping pressure on other areas of his side

Coventry and Sheffield meet at the Skydome on Sunday, too, but in an Elite League fixture. The teams also met in a friendly on Tuesday, helping raise money for former Blaze star Adam Calder, who has been battling cancer.