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Sour grapes: Scott Champagne injured for Sheffield Steelers
Sour grapes: Scott Champagne injured for Sheffield Steelers

THE Champagne has definitely gone flat for this Sheffield Steeler.

It’s fair to say skater Scott Champagne’s switch from Belfast Giants to Sheffield has been little short of disaster.

The forward has been the odd man out - the import who has been more frequently dropped than any other since arriving at the beginning of January.

He has scored three times in 20 games and didn’t get a point in the two games he iced last weekend.

Now a further complication: the 29-year-old Canadian has suffered a groin injury. Coach Ryan Finnerty says the problem is being assessed “day by day” but his availability for this weekend’s play off quarter finals against Coventry Blaze is in doubt.

His probable absence, however, pales into insignificance compared to Blaze boss Paul Thompson’s woes.

His (former Steelers) defenceman Jerramie Domish has been fired after failing a drugs test.

Blaze issued a statement saying: “The club will make no further comment on the situation and will now be focusing all our energies on this weekend’s series with Sheffield.”

Steelers will have Drew Fata back in their line-up; he was rested last weekend following an elbow problem. If Champagne sits out, Rod Sarich will resume duties on the wing.