Mac the Strife looms for Steelers

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You don’t have to be an ice hockey genius to work out who the main threat to Sheffield Steelers will be this weekend.

Cardiff Devils’ Mac Faulkner has scored four goals in three of the four games against Steelers so far this campaign.

And he will be hoping to increase that tally in the back-to-back games against Sheffield, starting at the Arena tomorrow.

Steelers winger Jonathan Phillips says the Canadian centreman must be neutralised.

“Cardiff are full of quality players but I guess if you are going to have to pay special attention to anyone then it is Faulkner” he said.

“Last year he seemed to score almost every game against us and this season he has scored four times against us already. He is a natural scorer and the leader of the Cardiff side.

“If you can keep him quiet it makes your nights work a little easier.

“He and Chris Blight seem to have a connection. Faulkner shoots the puck a lot, he doesn’t mess around and he has a quick release,” added Phillips.

“The Devils had a slow start due to injuries, their season has a lot of similarities to ours in many ways. They have lost games they would have thought they should have been winning. Being without their starting goalie for the beginning of the year hurt them.

“This week he [Dan LaCosta] has retired due to concussion. Joe Myers took his place last week and they beat the Nottingham Panthers.

“If he or a new import is in goal we have to get the puck to him and bear down in front of goal,” said the swift-skating former Devils man.

“This weekend is a great opportunity for both sides to make a mark. If we can do the double over Cardiff it gives us the perfect preparation for the Christmas games against Nottingham.

“We say it most weeks but we really do have to start and put a run together, we are a serious team, all working hard.

Sooner or later that hard work has to pay off. “