Another weekend and another test for the Sheffield Steelers with three games in three nights, and this time they are all on the road.
Tune your TV sets folks, the Steelers are live on SKY Sports tomorrow (face off 7pm) in Coventry for what might be the toughest of the three nights.
The Blaze have won eight of their last 10 games including their last six on home ice.
Ryan Finnerty will then take his team North of the border to play in Fife on Saturday and Edinburgh 24 hours later. If the Steelers come through this tricky test then they are well and truly back on track.
We saw though on Wednesday that you can’t take the bottom five teams to lightly with Nottingham going down 6-3 to Braehead which gave both Sheffield and Belfast a lift.
Braehead have now taken points off both the Giants and the Panthers.
To date the Steelers have an unblemished record against the bottom five.
With Nottingham seemingly having the Steelers number right now Finnerty’s boy’s might have to keep that record going for the whole year to hold on to their championship.
When Francis Trudel joined the Steelers many thought Finnerty was done with his tinkering of this Steelers team.
I’m not so sure. I can see more changes coming soon as Finnerty’s to bring some more old school mentality into his line up. I believe that he feels he’s close, but not quiet close enough as it presently stands. He’s looking for that missing piece of the jigsaw.
Not a high goal scorer, not a guy with 1000 American league games, not an ex-NHL D man but a leader, a man to make himself and those around him accountable. A Dion Darling of his day if you like.
Momentum is everything in sport. Victory against Coventry and the Steelers are on their way.
Last time in Fife the Steelers were 5-1 down in the final period, eventually winning 6-5 after over-time. That can’t happen again. Sunday will see Sheffield play in Edinburgh for the first time this year. the biggest ice pad in the league brings it’s own issues and a Capitals side now used to winning at home.
Huge weekend, huge 2012,
Happy New Year folks. Fancy joining us for the ride?