Sheffield Steelers want maximum points off Fife Flyers

Gord Baldwin - Sheffield Steelers
Gord Baldwin - Sheffield Steelers
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Sheffield Steelers are determined to launch their Elite League campaign with a maximum point haul at the expense of Fife Flyers.

Gerad Adams’ side started their Challenge Cup programme off with a win at Cardiff Devils, last Sunday.

Now four League points are the target as Sheffield take on the Scots in back to back weekend games.

Defenceman Gord Baldwin said: “Four points is our goal this weekend. We have some travelling to do, but but we can come back from Scotland with two points it gives us a great opportunity to get the maximum.”

Baldwin has an interesting take on Fife fans after his experiences of last season.

“They got the collecting cans out to raise money for Rob Dowd’s charity (Fir Vale Food Bank) which I thought was a great thing to do from an opposing team’s fans.”

Sunday’s win in Wales has given the side confidence and Baldwin expects them to build on that. He said the amount of new players in the side means there is still a lot to learn.

“This team with its personalities is a lot different from last year’s” the d-man said. “We have a little more individual skill. We have to brush up on a few things and put the pieces together to become a better team but we have got a good group of guys here. When we are all together on the same page we will be deadly.”

Baldwin’s own rapport with Darrell Hay certainly appears to be going well. “He has been in a lot of games in a lot of leagues and know how to play the right way.

“He is vocal on the ice which helps the partnership because it gives you another set of eyes. Overall, I think the whole team is beginning to gel already.”

Baldwin said playing at Cardiff’s rink was “a real skill-leveller, it’s bad ice, not hockey really. But we got the win.” Fife lost 4-2 at Coventry Blaze last Sunday and were shut-out 1-0 at home by them, the previous day.