Luckless Sheffield Steeler is out again

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Sheffield Steelers may be about to lose Pascal Morency again - just after they had restored him to the line-up.

The French Canadian played only his second competitive match of the season at Edinburgh Capitals, last Saturday, and says he was cross-checked in the back in the last minute of the final period.

Later, the 32-year-old right winger complained of concussion-like symptoms and his condition is now being reviewed again.

It was an unwanted blow for Steelers who dipped 4-2 at Dundee Stars on Sunday.

And it won’t improve the mood of coach Gerad Adams, who criticised his team in an unusually strong way after the Scottish defeat.

“We preach a hard approach and a smart approach but we were soft and stupid a couple of times” he said.

There had been several “very silly individual errors” which cost goals and he said that his forwards, who had scored 10 the night before at Edinburgh Capitals, had not executed quick enough in front of Stars’ goal.

Steelers have not lost two consecutive games so far this season - and they won’t want to start doing that, with their next match at Nottingham Panthers on Saturday.

Nottingham inflicted the first defeat of the season on Adams’ men, a 2-1 win at the National Ice Centre in September. They outshot Sheffield 49-26 on the night in a game watched by 6,533 fans.

Panthers won 2-1 at Cardiff Devils on Sunday, leapfrogging over Sheffield in the League table as a result of that win. They are currently on a six-match winning streak,

Adams is an admirer of Panthers’ special teams and knows his side will have to be disciplined and make the most of their chances at the NIC.

Steelers host Fife Flyers at iceSheffield on Sunday - they beat them there 8-1 in September.