Sheffield Steelers: the key to consistency

Cullen Eddy says Steelers players’ willingness to put their bodies on the line is the key to finding consistency.

The Sheffield team recently dipped in the number of times they blocked shots on their own goal - a statistic that unnerved coach Paul Thompson.

Defenceman Eddy, speaking after last weekend’s gritty win over Cardiff Devils, said: “The biggest thing in professional sport is consistency. Take a look at successful teams and that’s what they find. We have to get back to what we were doing at the beginning of the year, back-checking, forechecking, playing the body, blocking shots.

Once all that comes back I think that’s where you will find the consistency and we lean on each other.”

Eddy said it was important the team should “get back to basics.”

And they will hopefully exhibit that tonight against Marc Lefebvre’s Dundee Stars, whose top scorer Lou Dickenson has caught the eye this season and will be a threat to Sheffield’s debutant goalie, former Czech international Marek Pinc.

Cullen Eddy - Sheffield Steelers

Cullen Eddy - Sheffield Steelers

The 6ft 2ins Canadian winger has had a decent career in the north American minors and leagues across Scandinavia. He leads his present team with 17 points from 12 games.

He is one point ahead of American centre Riley Wetmore.

Dundee and Sheffield are both on 13 points, although Steelers have two games in hands on the Scots and can put some daylight between them with a home win.

A defeat for Stars would be their fifth straight loss.