IT WAS one of the shock results of the season.
Unfancied Fife Flyers beat championship contenders Sheffield Steelers 4-2 on the unlucky 13th day of October.
After the game, Steelers’ own Scottish coach Neil Abel reminded everybody that if you don’t operate at 100 per cent in this season’s Elite League, you will be beaten.
The defeat may have been a blessing in disguise, although Sheffield might not welcomed that sentiment at the time.
Over the next nine matches, they lost only once.
For Fife, it was almost the other way round. They lost nine out of their next 10.
Although on Tuesday, Fife rallied to edge Hull Stingrays 4-3.
This Sunday, Steelers get the chance to deepen Fife’s gloom and inflict their revenge.
Certainly, Steelers won’t forget the impact that Kris Hogg had on the Fife game a month ago.
He consistently found a way through the Sheffield defence to stake a hat-trick. Since then Fife’s most potent points taker has been left wing Casey Haines; he scored twice against Hull this week.
Sunday’s League encounter will follow tonight’s dead-rubber Challenge Cup trip to Nottingham Panthers.
Both weekend games coming up are important, but league points are essential, says Steelers centre Jeff Legue.
“The international break gave other clubs a chance to catch up and the league now is starting to take shape, especially with us playing more cup games recently” he said.
“Coming into the season, we knew the importance of not dropping league points to the teams in the Northern conference, teams like Fife. We did drop two points to them in Scotland. It’s a game we should never have lost. It’s two points that should be on our tally.
“With just one league game this weekend we have to win it, and there is no reason why we won’t.
“I felly accept that this Fife team is night and day better than last year’s.
“They have more top end, they have more depth and great goaltending.
“I just think we have more and if we are gunning for a title we have these home games against Gardner conference teams,” said the Canadian talisman.
“We have had a good winning run at iceSheffield, we are playing better there this season than last, I think our team is probably better suited there. Sunday is a must win.”