Sheffield Steelers will go into tonight’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final second leg (7.30pm) trying to blot out the fact they are already two goals to the good.
Paul Thompson’s men went some way towards securing a place in the semi finals when they won 4-2 at Fife Flyers, last week.
The Scots were two goals down in 25 minutes in that game, showed they were capable of drawing level to 2-2, before conceding a brace more. But the job is not done yet, says Sheffield winger Jason Hewitt.
“They are a pretty dangerous team going forward and obviously with it being an aggregate score they are going to come here with kind of nothing to lose” he said.
“So they will definitely be dangerous and we will be ready for that.
“A two goal lead, traditionally, is the worst lead in hockey - they are one goal away if they get the next one,
“So we will play as though it is 0-0 and definitely try and get the first goal.”
Stephen Gunn had a hand in both Flyers’ goals in the first leg. And he isn’t the only danger man. Top scorer Justin Fox captured three points in their 7-6 penalty shot win at Manchester Storm on Sunday, as did T.J. Caig.
While cautious, Steelers have every right to feel confident about tonight’s iceSheffield encounter. They have won all three games against Fife so far, 3-1, 4-1 and 4-2.
There will be late fitness tests for some walking wounded, but it is highly probable that Conny Stromberg will make his home debut.