Sheffield Steelers need full hour’s endeavour against Coventry Blaze

Sheffield Steelers' coach Gerad Adams
Sheffield Steelers' coach Gerad Adams

Rod Sarich hopes to see a full 60 minutes from his Sheffield Steelers’ team-mates tonight.

The injured D-man watched from the iceSheffield media gallery on Wednesday as Gerad Adams’ men struggled to contain Hull Stingrays in the middle period - but then blew them away. “We were pretty disjointed in the middle period” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of co-ordination, but they certainly found it in the third.”

Sarich has been skating this week, as he recovers from a broken leg bone. He has an outside chance of “spotting in” tonight, against Coventry Blaze. “It’s wait-and-see at the moment” said the player, who was discounted last season but came back as a dual-national asset. “It was frustrating to sit out. I’d been expecting a few strains and pains but not this. But it didn’t feel bad after skating this week.”

Sarich has mixed views on Coventry, whom he played against, pre-season. “They didn’t look so good at our place, but were a lot more organised back at their’s” he said.

Tonight sees the former captain Steven Goertzen’s return, with Blaze. He took the ‘C’ off Jonathan Phillips, who has now had the honour returned to him.

Phillips said: “I’m proud to be Steelers captain, I was the first time around and am now. I guess if there was one person I had no problem handing it over to, it was Steven.

“I hope he gets a standing ovation, he deserves it. He should look up into the rafters and see the 2014 Championship banner and be proud of his part in helping us win it.”

Phillips added: ““He was huge for us. He is a natural leader, everything he does on and off the ice is exceptional. He can carry a team and he did that a few times with us last year. You felt you just didn’t want to let him down such was the effect he had on his team mates.

“As big as he was for us he will be for Coventry. I could see why Marc Lefebvre wanted to take him to the Blaze. He is the perfect guy to have in your dressing room.”

*The Braehead Clan got back to winning ways with a 4-3 victory over the struggling Fife Flyers in the Elite League on Friday night.

Scott Pitt scored twice as Braehead erased an early deficit, taking a 4-2 lead when Tim Harper found the net midway through the third period.

Scott Fleming pulled one back for Fife late on but they could not find an equaliser as they slumped to their fourth defeat of the young season.