Kohn can lead Sheffield Steelers to triumph

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If you are an ice hockey purist, Dustin Kohn will be the one to watch at the Play Off semi finals this weekend.

The Sheffield Steelers’ defenceman - who has scored three goals and two assists in the last four appearances - is the exemplary ice athlete, says his captain Steve Goertzen.

Dustin Kohn - Sheffield Steelers kingpin

Dustin Kohn - Sheffield Steelers kingpin

And that description has little to do with his recent scoring prowess, including two against Coventry in Tuesday’s qualifier.

Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, the skipper said: “If you really know the game and watched a lot of hockey you can appreciate him on a daily basis. It is not always that he shows up on the scoresheet although the majority of the time he does.

“It is not all about the offence with him, he skates the puck so well and I think he is a pleasure to watch for hockey advocates.”

Goertzen believes Steelers fans will have a part to play in helping Steelers past Braehead Clan and on to the final.

He said the fans had been loud and proud for the last couple of months, in particular.

“They have propelled us along.

“It is going to be a great atmosphere and I am sure we are going to hear a lot of cheers and a lot of boos (at Nottingham) at the same time.

“We play a long season and have ups and downs and its nice to have an opportunity to play your best and hopefully win the play offs.”

Goertzen believes the scale of the 6-1 win over Coventry illustrates the team can win without injured playmaker Jeff Legue.

“The guys showed they are more than capable of scoring some great goals” he said. They will need that goalpower against Clan’s ‘hot’ goalie Kyle Jones.