Sheffield Steelers: Tactics are vital

Chris Frank - Sheffield Steelers
Chris Frank - Sheffield Steelers
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CHRIS FRANK believes whichever teams plays their own individual system best can land the Elite League title.

Sheffield Steelers and leaders Nottingham Panthers have different styles, but the team that gets the most out of their system is likely to prevail.

Third-placed Sheffield beat Nottingham in their last meeting, chopping Panthers’ lead at the top - they are five points clear of Steelers and two over Belfast Giants.

Asked about the varying styles of Sheffield and Notts, Steelers d-man Frank replied: “Nottingham are highly skilled, they play a fast game, kind of run and gun hockey, we like to play more physical, slow down the pace a bit, and hit and grind.

“It is all about how players work the best system, taking advantage of opportumities and avoid making mistakes.

“We have to stick to our system, biggest thing to play well defensively is staying even strength (avoiding penalties.)

“Asked if Panthers could collapse as the season goes into the final strait, Frank said: “That is not in our control.

“We have to play well ourselves not worry about anybody else, we have to win games.”

Steelers play at fourth-place Cardiff on Thursday, and Frank added: “It’s a really hard place to go. We go from a big ice in Sheffield to a sheet of unheard-of size. It is the smallest I have ever played in, it feels like a three on three rink, but it kind of plays in our hands. We like to muck it up we like to play physical so we can take bodies.”