Phil Hill has warned Nottingham Panthers they are about to be on the end of a Sheffield Steelers’ performance they have not had to contend with so far this season.
Panthers have held the whip-hand over Steelers, winning five of seven games so far. But when the teams meet at Sheffield Arena tonight Hill promises more action than home fans have seen so far. And he says he will do whatever he has to help the team get both points. “When I came back to Sheffield I committed to G (Gerad Adams, coach) that I would play whatever role was needed, if that was a regular shift great, if that was killing penalties great and even if it meant sitting on the bench waiting for my shot then so be it, whatever it took to win.
“We will need that same commitment this weekend, it’s not just about Saturday as we have to go to Cardiff Devils (Sunday) and they will still be spitting feathers after we beat them 6-0 last time out. G challenged us this week, did we want to be chasing this title all the way to the final game? Our answer is ‘too right we do’ and that means going head to head with Nottingham not just on Saturday but until the last day of the season.
“It’s about time Panthers saw the real Steelers, I’ve no idea why we haven’t performed better against them this year but tomorrow we will have no excuses and they have to see the best we have.”
Hill is not in two minds what his priorities are. “”Last year’s play offs victory was incredible but to win a league title would be even better, especially for British lads who come from league not play off-dominated sports. Winning the FA Cup is brilliant but winning the Premier League title well that’s just a bit better. I came close in 2012 with Cardiff, the year Sheffield pipped us. It was a great season but with a horrible end, that feeling of being so close but not quiet getting there.”
* League disciplinary chiefs have dished out Match penalty on Colby Cohen of Nottingham for kicking, against Belfast Giants, and he is suspended for tonight’s game - see VIDEO.
* The League say they have “noted” comments on twitter posted by referee Tom Darnell after he used foul language to hit back at a critical fan.
Saturday 7th February
Braehead Clan v Belfast Giants – 7.00pm
Dundee Stars v Coventry Blaze – 7.00pm
Edinburgh Capitals v Fife Flyers – 6.00pm
Sheffield Steelers v Nottingham Panthers – 7.00pm
Sunday 8th February
Cardiff Devils v Sheffield Steelers – 6.00pm
Dundee Stars v Fife Flyers – 6.30pm
Edinburgh Capitals v Coventry Blaze – 6.00pm
Hull Stingrays v Nottingham Panthers – 6.00pm