Sheffield Steelers plan a hot reception for Coventry Blaze

Chris Blight in fight action against Coventry Blaze
Chris Blight in fight action against Coventry Blaze
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Sheffield Steelers take on Coventry Blaze on Saturday knowing they may have face the same opposition in the Play Off qualifiers.

We won’t know for certain who Gerad Adams’ team will play until after the weekend. But Blaze are a possibility, so Steelers will aim to impose themselves in the last regular season home game.

Adams wants to see a better show than in the 3-2 home win over Hull on Sunday. “We weren’t at our best but at least it shows we can still win when not playing at 100%” he said. “Hull tried to slow the game down but we didn’t respond well to their tactics. We are a team waiting for the Play Offs but we have to be in the right frame of mind.”

Coventry boosted their hopes of making the top eight with a 4-3 win over Nottingham on Sunday.

With just a few weeks to go before the IIHF World Championship (Division 1B) in Lithuania, Great Britain head coach Doug Christiansen has reduced his initial long-list squad down to 28 players.

These players will take part in the first week of the national team’s training camp and the two home internationals against Netherlands.

The two matches against Netherlands will take place at Ice Sheffield on Saturday 12th April (7:30pm) and at the Skydome in Coventry a day later (5:15pm).

Following the Netherlands fixtures, the squad will be reduced further to the 23 players who will travel to Lithuania for the World Championship.

GB will then play Croatia, Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland and Romania in the six-team IIHF tournament in Vilnius.

Netminders

Ben Bowns - Hull Stingrays

Stephen Murphy - Belfast Giants

Mike Will - Braehead Clan

Defencemen

James Griffin - Coventry Blaze

Steve Lee - Nottingham Panthers

Sam McCluskey - Dundee Stars

Danny Meyers - Sheffield Steelers

Ben O’Connor - Arlan Kokshetau

David Phillips - Belfast Giants

Kevin Phillips - Belfast Giants

Mark Richardson - Cardiff Devils

Paul Swindlehurst - Dundee Stars

Jonathan Weaver - Nottingham Panthers

Forwards

David Clarke - Nottingham Panthers

Ben Davies - Cardiff Devils

Matty Davies - Hull Stingrays

Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers

Robert Farmer - Nottingham Panthers

Mark Garside - Belfast Giants

Jason Hewitt - Sheffield Steelers

Phil Hill - Sheffield Steelers

Robert Lachowicz - Nottingham Panthers

Matthew Myers - Cardiff Devils

Craig Peacock - Belfast Giants

Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers

Colin Shields - Belfast Giants

Ashley Tait - Coventry Blaze

Matt Towe - Braehead Clan