Phil Hill says Sheffield Steelers forwards have to find some form at his old club Cardiff Devils, on Sunday.
All Sheffield’s goals in the 5-3 Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Nottingham Panthers came from defencemen.
And the winger knows he and the other forwards need to pull their finger out at Cardiff and then in the return leg at Nottingham on Tuesday.
Speaking on video at the star.co.uk - and commenting before the removal from post of coach Doug Christiansen - Hill said the dressing room spirit had been flattened by the first-leg reverse.
But he said of Panthers: “We have beaten them by more than two goals a couple of times his year so we need to pick ourselves back up.
“We have been scoring in bunches this year, when we are hot it seems like the forwards are flying.
“We have had a few games where the guys haven’t buried them. I guess it is kind of unacceptable in a big game like this. But the good thing is we have got another chance next week.
“They have got the two goal lead. We have got to go in there, their crowd are going to be expecting them to go through, they probably already think they are so, we know if we can get in there and score an early goal that crowd can turn on them pretty quick” said Hill.
“If we get that goal everyone on the bench is right up for it again and all of a sudden we’re in the series. “
As for Cardiff, he said: “That’s a rink where we haven’t been in and won, I think that group (the team) definitely wants a win in there, there’s a chance we can play them in the play offs.”