Sheffield Steelers primed to detonate

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Gerad Adams claims his forwards are ‘ready to explode’ in the Play Off quarter finals against Coventry Blaze.

Last weekend was not a memorable one for them. In the three goals scored against a goaltender (another strike was an empty netter) only one was scored by a forward, Jason Hewitt.

And Adams says Hewitt’s line with Steve Goertzen and Jonathan Phillips/Phil Hill is showing the hottest form of his three attacking formations.

That is a tribute to their tenacity, all-round energy and checking skills - but it will be goals that will ultimately win the Play Offs.

Only Jeff Legue is in the top 20 of Elite League point scorers and he and the likes of Stefan Meyer, Max Lacroix, Chris Blight and Rob Dowd will need to show sharpness in the qualifying series.

“In terms of firepower, I think we are ready to explode” said the optimistic coach.

“We have certainly been creating enough chances. In our last two games we have sort of been in limbo (having secured second place) against teams who were fighting for their lives.

“Hull were very clinical in the few chances we gave them last Sunday and we need to be equally ready to bury ours.”

Coventry’s performance at Sheffield Arena last weekend surprised Adams.

“They were a lot more defensive than I thought they were going to be.

“I thought they would be run and gun, high -offence. But Marc Lefebvre has got them playing extremely well and were very aggressive on the penalty kill and we are going to have to focus on that this weekend.

“March as done a tremendous job there, they look organised and are committed to defence and working hard.”

LeFebvre’s side managed to snatch sixth place in the final weekend of the Elite League standings with a nerve-jangling 1-0 overtime win against Cardiff Devils at the Skydome on Sunday night.

Coventry say key forward Shea Guthrie “should be fine” for the games against Sheffield (in the Midlands on Saturday, in Sheffield on Tuesday.)

Cardiff Devils forward Matthew Myers has been banned for three matches following his match penalty for checking-to-the-head against Guthrie.

Head of discipline, Moray Hanson, said: “After reviewing the incident and consultation with the matchnight referee, the suspension handed out to him will remain at three matches.”

Myers will be suspended for the first three Elite League/Challenge Cup games of the 2014/15 season.