Goal-shy attack worries Sheffield Steelers’ coach Ryan Finnerty

Lean time: Colin Shields was unable to get a point last weekend.               PICTURES: dean woolley
Lean time: Colin Shields was unable to get a point last weekend. PICTURES: dean woolley
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SEVERAL Sheffield Steelers forwards should be looking over their shoulders right now.

The club cut Cory Pecker earlier this week, after becoming unhappy that he wasn’t doing enough for the cause.

He and several others had originally been brought in to spare Steeler veteran Jeff Legue the main obligation of winning matches.

Yet a look at the statistics reveals that while Legue has scored in his last six outings, others are finding it difficult in front of net.

Pecker had only one goal to show for his eight league games. Ironically, though, he was the club’s third highest points scorer, because of nine assists.

Colin Shields was unable to get a point last weekend and has only one goal in League play.

Imports Shawn Limpright and Steve Goertzen also have one goal to show for their efforts.

That’s not the return coach Ryan Finnerty had in mind when he brought those forwards in.

Finnerty, having fired Pecker, is not wanting to single out any other individuals.

But on a lack of firepower, he told The Star: “We brought in guys to score goals who are not scoring goals. That’s an issue of course.

“But my main focus is guys who won’t work for me. Goals will come, if you work hard and stay with it. There are rewards in this league for those who put the effort in.

“It’s the ones who aren’t working... that’s my biggest concern. You need guys putting it on the line for you.

“Some guys are playing hard and having great games and a lot of guys aren’t. My job is to sort it out but we have to do that in a hurry; we can’t lose any more points.”

Addressing Steelers’ poor home form, Finnerty said: “It’s unacceptable to lose in our building. We have guys who are not working for us and it is pretty evident things need to happen here. I am extremely disappointed in some people’s efforts.

“Against Coventry (last Sunday) we were 2-0 up and took our foot off gas and let them back.

“I see these guys (training) every day and I know what they can do but when we get away from the game plan and try to make cute little plays and rink wide passes, well, it’s not what we instruct. We have got guys taking selfish penalties and not working for us and it is up to me to set it right.”

As for replacing Pecker, Finnerty said: “We always have one eye on what is going on. We are looking at improving the group. I’ve seen glimpses where this team can be great but it’s just not consistent enough and we have got to get back to basics.”