Top scorer Mike Ramsay says he and his team-mates will prove that they are anything other than work-shy, this weekend.
The sharp-shooting winger was largely nullified in last weekend’s Sheffield Steelers’ home defeat by Nottingham Panthers.
The entire team was slammed by coach Ryan Finnerty for being out-worked.
But Ramsay says that criticism will not be a valid one tonight when they play the Challenge Cup return at Panthers’ rink and tomorrow when they host Cardiff Devils at iceSheffield.
Ramsay, who has chalked up 17 points in 12 games, will not accept the premise that the team is inherently afraid of hard graft.
“We will have to work hard to win this weekend, and when we do, and win, then that criticism can be put to one side,” said the Canadian.
“We got it wrong (against Nottingham) tried to force plays and it went wrong.
“They trapped very well and we got frustrated. We became too individual, and when that happens it doesn’t work for a player and it doesn’t work for a team. We certainly don’t want to be accused again of not working hard enough.”
Finnerty will be hoping Neil Clark’s ankle injury will be completely repaired tonight.
“He came back too early (last week.),” he said. “He was definitely sore. There are other players who would have been out longer.
“We were all at fault last weekend, me included. Neil was part of a group who didn’t show up - any player is no good to us if they cannot perform. I am fully confident his form will return.”