CORY Pecker has overcome a virus and will skate for Sheffield Steelers tonight as the club seeks to post its first home win of the season.
The Canadian forward, who has one goal and two assists from his first two Elite League games, missed training earlier this week.
After five seasons in the Swiss league, it was always going to take some time for the 31-year-old to adjust to the more robust style in the UK so his illness was a personal inconvenience.
But Pecker will be back in the line-up to face Coventry Blaze this evening (7pm).
He and the other forwards will be under pressure to perform well and crash the net.
In the previous home matches against Coventry (friendly) and Cardiff Devils (League) Steelers created plenty of pressure but couldn’t get quality pucks on net.
Coach Ryan Finnerty says the forwards “have to get in those dirty areas and pressure for rebounds”, adding: “We definitely need to do a better job on that.”
Defenceman Jim Jorgensen believes the forwards in front of him must be more single-minded than they have been at the Arena.
“It comes down to (players) not being selfish enough, passing when they could be shooting,” he said.