SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Silencing the Scots is key to victory

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SHEFFIELD Steelers know they are going to have to silence a Tartan Army on Saturday.

Fife Flyers’ vocal support have a major influence to Todd Dutiaume’s side - and were when the Scots beat Sheffield 4-2 back on October 13.

Even more so was Canadian left winger Kris Hogg, who blasted a hat-trick past John DeCaro that night.

It was two championship points lost, admits Sheffield d-man Danny Meyers.

““I don’t think we were prepared for Fife last time we went up there. It was early in the year, we didn’t know about their players, their systems and we underestimated them. We knew nothing about (American centerman) Casey Haynes or the Pitton brothers (netminder Bryan and older sibling, Jason.)

“I felt we were easy to beat that night and they did their job well. I think this is a very different Steelers side going up there now.

“Every game is a play off game - we have to pretty much win every game to bring a championship home. We conceded just twice last weekend, we are a tough side to break down. Defensively we are strong and we know we have goals in our locker.

“Killing the crowd is key in Fife. They are loud and patriotic for their team. When a Sheffield, Nottingham or Belfast go in there they build it up as David and Goliath. Scoring early is a nice way to quieten them down. Give them a sniff and they are a different team.”