Steelers know they will be on the end of another hiding if they don’t pull out all the stops in their dead-rubber against Frölunda Gothenburg on Saturday.
Sheffield were thrashed 9-1 in Sweden in the Champions League campaign. And they know the Swedes will be happy to exploit Sheffield Arena’s big ice unless they are on their best form so far. Jason Hewitt, who lines up tonight for Sheffield in a friendly at Manchester Storm, says a big defeat is unthinkable.
“The 9-1 was our first proper game, we played 40 great minutes but too many penalties cost us” he said. We’ll try and put on a good show. No game for us is a throwaway. We don’t want to get embarrassed at home so we will be giving it our all.”
Hewitt thinks Steelers have shown some good hockey form in the two friendlies and three CHL games so far.
Against JYP Jyväskylä at home, he said, Steelers had the better chances - including one which fell to him on the penalty kill.
“One mistake, the puck over the plexi, costs you the game. I think we are pretty happy with our preparation” the forward said.
“I wish the (short-handed) chance had come on my forehand, it was a bit awkward. It would have been great if had have gone it, but it didn’t!”
Referring to is use on PKs and the fourth line, he said: “I knew when I signed that was my role and I am happy there, I will keep pushing and see where I end up.”