Sheffield Steelers star hopeful of return

Rob Dowd hopes to be back from injury tomorrow night to try and chip away at Dundee Stars’ lead at the top of the Elite League.

And he wouldn’t be surprised if team-mate Jeff Legue picks up from where he left off after scoring twice last Saturday against Coventry.

Rob Dowd, Sheffield Steelers

Rob Dowd, Sheffield Steelers

Stars are four points clear at the summit, with 14 points from nine matches.

But Dowd wouldn’t bet against Legue for adding to his tally, at iceSheffield.

“He has done it for countless years now and every guy in the team will step up (to support him) - when all the fans were doubting Legue last year saying should he come back, I think he just proved his point solidly.”

Asked about how the diminutive Legue manages to conjure up such a venomous shot, he replied on video at “If I could tell you (what his technique is) I’d have a shot like that.

“He shoots the puck hard and he shoots it well.”

Dundee beat Sheffield 4-3 in September, having led 4-1 at one stage. “They have a good squad” said Dowd. “I look forward to the game on Wednesday - let’s see if we can keep this thing rolling.”

The Teessider was rested last weekend after failing to get over a groin strain.

“I have been carrying it for a couple of weeks” he said.

“I overdid it in the Cardiff game, hopefully I’ll be back for Wednesday. It is frustrating watching the game from the stands.”

Jeff Hutchins’ Dundee had two one-goal wins over Hull Stingrays, last weekend, based largely on the form of their outstanding goalie Dan Bakala.

n Sheffield Steeldogs lost 3-2 (OT) in Swindon and 3-0 at Bracknell last weekend.