Sheffield Steelers’ top goalscorer wrestles with injury

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers
Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers

Sheffield Steelers’ top scorer Mathieu Roy is battling to be fit for his side’s weekend matches.

The French Canadian, who has scored 15 goals in 27 matches for the champions, was rested for the midweek charity game at Solihull Barons.

He suffered a puck injury in the previous game, the 6-4 win at Nottingham Panthers.

His availability will be an important feature for Steelers who recognise the Coventry Blaze team they visit on Saturday will present their biggest challenge in terms of their meetings with the Midlands side, so far.

Earlier this season, Steelers recorded two relatively easy shut-out wins over Blaze.

But when they met a week ago tonight, at Sheffield Arena, Coventry were a totally different proposition and were unfortunate to lose to a Colton Fretter goal 34 seconds from the final buzzer.

Coventry beat Cardiff Devils 4-1 last Sunday; Chuck Weber’s team having four different scorers on the board and back-to-form goaltender Brian Stewart saving 27 shots.

Meanwhile Fife Flyers’ head coach Todd Dutiaume says it is important for his side to put down a marker when they play Steelers for the first time, on Sunday. “We have got Sheffield four times in the League and in the Challenge Cup. It would be good to draw some early blood.” He said it was important for his team to start beating sides in the “southern division...other guys in our Conference are, which is why we find other rivals ahead of us in our standings.”