Steelers’ defenceman Cullen Eddy knows his side will have a major challenge on at Dundee on Saturday as they try to extend their winning run in the Challenge Cup.
After three straight victories, Sheffield visit Stars, a rink where they lost 3-2 and 3-2 last season.
Then they have to return home with enough in the tank to take on Manchester Storm on Sunday.
Eddy said: “It’s a tough trip, I think last year they had our number two out of four times, so we have just got to go up there and play our game. I think that is where we lacked a bit last year - just figuring out how to play up there.
“Each rink in this league is a little bit different but I think if we stick to our game and our systems and the way we have been playing in the last couple of games I think we’ll do just fine.”
Steelers are high on confidence after recent results, which Eddy puts down to a “20-man team effort.”
“They always say the best defence starts with the goalie, I think that’s what we have. Tyler (Plante) has done really well back there and the six of us have done well, but the forwards are also coming back and contributing in the defensive zone, so it has been good – no complaints anywhere on the ice... which creates team chemistry.”
Eddy has enjoyed being re-united with Zack Fitzgerald as defensive partners - the pair were team-mates in the AHL for two years. Fitzgerald recently tweeted that the “Bash Brothers” were back together.
“We played back home for two years at Adirondack (Phantoms) and then our paths meet over here, so it’s been good to get back with him. We have been playing pretty well together. We have a similar game, both physical and not afraid to stick up for our team-mates. Right now, we haven’t really had to do that so it’s been nice to play hockey.”
Eddy says that Steelers lost talented d-men like Gord Baldwin and Dustin Kohn in the Summer. “You always try to make an upgrade, but it is too early to tell. The main goal is to try and compete back for that league title.