Sheffield Steelers ace aims to find elusive goal touch

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Jay Latullipe is determined not to get frustrated by his low-key start to his Sheffield Steelers career.

While he has been working hard for the team cause, the American has scored only one goal in 11 matches.

Jay Latulippe - Sheffield Steelers

Jay Latulippe - Sheffield Steelers

Last Saturday, he hit the pipework twice as his bad luck in front of goal continued.

Latulippe, 32, admits he has been “settling very slowly” - but isn’t about to get down on himself.

“I have learned to be patient” he said. “I feel a little fire that I have got to get going here. It will come I am just trying to be patient and not get frustrated and kieep working hard and work through it.

“Our line of Tyler Mosienko and Jonathan Phillips, we’re starting to come along. We get a lot of chances and we’ll start finding the back of the net. I hit a couple of posts (against Coventry last weekend.)”

Steelers are on a good run of form, winning their last five, and Latulippe puts that down to the chemistry and nature of the side.

“We have lot of veterans on this team so if somebody is not playing very well, someone will step up and that’s why we are doing very well right now.”

Latulippe comes up against former Steeler Chris Blight tonight, at the Arena, in an Elite League game against Dundee Stars.

“I know Chris he played here last year, won a championship, I played college with him.”

Dundee are floundering at the bottom of the league but Latulippe says there will be no complacency saying “You never know what is going to happen” in such a tight league.

* D-man Cullen Eddy will play as a forward tonight.

Eddy replaced forward Colton Fretter once he had been ejected from Sunday’s game in Hull. Eddy went on to both score and register a further assist in the 3-2 victory over the Stingrays.

“Colton is suspended and have to prepare for the Dundee game without him” said coach Gerad Adams. “Cullen had an exceptional night against Hull on Sunday and I expect him to have another one of those nights against Dundee.

“I think he enjoys playing up front and with Mike Forney and Mathieu Roy alongside him I expect good things to happen”