Goals on the agenda for Sheffield forward Stefan

Stefan Meyer in the thick of things
Stefan Meyer in the thick of things
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Stefan Meyer aims to get back on the goal trail this weekend.

Sheffield Steelers need their forwards firing on all cylinders if they are to win some silverware. Meyer, who has had injury problems recently, hasn’t scored in his last five matches and has just one assist for his efforts.

Compare that with his first five of the season, when he collected four goals and four assists. Meyer is a players’ player - he makes things happen and is almost impossible to knock off the puck. He deserves a good weekend.

New team-mate Chris Blight will also be looking to get off the mark, against Nottingham Panthers, away, on Saturday, and Coventry Blaze, at home.

Blight, who netted only once for Cardiff in his previous eight matches, made his Steeler debut last weekend in the two losses at Belfast.

His coach Doug Christiansen does not see him as a like-for-like replacement for the more offensive Rob Sirianni, he is a player who can contribute more defensively.

* Steelers defenceman Danny Meyers believes Great Britain have the right structure in place to make a promotion bid at this year’s World Championship.

GB will play in Division 1B in Lithuania in April and will be looking to win promotion back to 1A at the first time of asking.

Christiansen’s side will play two warm-up games against Netherlands as preparation for the tournament.

GB will host Netherlands at Ice Sheffield on Saturday 12th April (7:30pm) and the two sides will meet again a day later in Coventry’s Skydome at 5:15pm.

Meyers said: “We have a great coaching team in place with two of the best coaches in the Elite League.

“I have obviously worked with both coaches and they are both winners.

“Then you have Pete Russell, who has done great things for junior development and is an up-and-coming coach.

“There’s also the management team, led by Andy Buxton, so we know everything will be in place off the ice.

“The two warm-up games against Netherlands will be great preparation for us and a good to chance to see one of World Championship opponents.

“I hope the British ice hockey public come out and support us. They are sure to be two great games against a team we have had some good battles with in the past.”

GB will play hosts Lithuania, along with Croatia, Netherlands, Poland and Romania in the six-team World Championship tournament from 20th to 26th April 2014.

“Make no mistake about it, that’s tough group for us,” added Meyers.

“There are no easy games at international level, so we cannot automatically think we are can go straight back up.

“But there is now a great pool of players to choose from and no-one is guaranteed of a place on the plane.

“There is competition for places and that is a great thing for the national programme.”