Sheffield Steelers: Play-offs start tonight, says Hewitt

Snarly hockey: Jason Hewitt.

Snarly hockey: Jason Hewitt.

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SHEFFIELD Steelers wing Jason Hewitt promises some snarly play-off-style hockey tonight.

Two limp performances since losing the league title to Belfast Giants have to be brushed away as Steelers finish their league programme against Edinburgh Capitals this evening and, tomorrow, Braehead Clan.

Hewitt said: “The play-offs don’t start next week, they start tonight as far as I’m concerned. We have to go into these two league games as if they are finals. We must play intense, be focused and stamp our authority from the first shift. We’ve felt sorry for ourselves after Belfast, that’s now history and behind us.

“Hull Stingrays await us in the play-offs and their are tails up. We have to be prepared, confident and on the back of two thumping good wins.

“We are sore and need someone to take it out of. We have been questioned recently so it will be nice to answer a few questions.

“We can’t just coast, we have to go in with a brand new mind-set, both Edinburgh and Braehead can both hurt us, but I’m confident if we dictate the games then we can send a message to Hull ahead of the quarter finals.

“There can be no messing around this weekend, it’s about getting the job done efficiently.

“The rest of the teams can take notice that we mean business come play off time”

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