RYAN Finnerty today spotlighted four players who symbolise Sheffield’s commitment to ending the season on a winning high.
Steelers have been criticised after falling well behind league leaders Nottingham Panthers. But their 4-2 midweek win at Braehead Clan, in the Challenge Cup semi-final, showed a spirit of resistance.
“People questioned the team’s character after Nottingham,” he said. “Steven Goertzen (injured) couldn’t hold a stick yet wanted to travel to Braehead and play...we had to tell him to go home.
“Shawn Limpright’s wife must be 11 months pregnant, she has been to hospital a dozen times yet Limper turned up for the bus with his hockey bag and his pillow - he played a great game, how he managed to even skate with that on his mind tells me all I need to know about him.
“Jim Jorgensen shouldn’t even be on the ice for another week after breaking his ankle - he came out two weeks early to start skating again and when he knew we were short called to tell me he will be on the bus and ready to play.
“Lee Esders has taken every shift given him this season. He sometimes gets forgotten as our 10th forward; but not by me. With Goertzen out he played a regular shift and was one of heroes in the semi final win.
“These players care. Defeat at Nottingham hurt but in Dundee on Sunday and again at Braehead they showed everyone that they are a good group of people, who care about the shirt they wear and who want to win for the fans who support us. On Wednesday, my team showed proper character.”
Steelers host Edinburgh tomorrow - but Panthers can extend their lead at the top if they win at Fife tomorrow and Edinburgh on Sunday.
What went wrong with the League title campaign: see tomorrow’s Star.