Steelers must come back from Belfast Giants with at least a point or two this weekend - or risk falling behind in the race for the League title.
Sheffield take on the Irish tonight and tomorrow (both 7pm) looking for maximum points over two nights. If that doesn’t happen - and it’s a tall order - they must hope for one win or at least a regulation point.
Two defeats in regulation time would leave them five points Giants, the team immediately above them in second place.
Coach Paul Thompson said: “It is very important that we come back with something. Obviously we are going for two wins, in what will be a massive weekend. The League is so tight this year and you cannot allow anybody to start pulling away from you. We need to put a bit of a run together but it is always difficult at Belfast and they are on a roll at the moment.”
Travel remains a factor - Steelers go out their on the day of the first game - never the best preparation.
Meanwhile, Colton Fretter insists his season is not over - and he will come back to aid Steelers’ pursuit of honours.
The barrel-chested winger was absent for 11 games from the second week in October, undergoing a groin operation.
A problem in a similar area has seen him miss the last three games and it may be mid February before he is back.
He said: “It is sore, I got a shot (injection) the other day which hopefully will fix it a little bit. It’s day by day right now. It is up to the doctors.
“It’s just part of the game. No one wants to be injured and go through this, but it is a physical game and it happens, so once you can wrap your mind around that you just have to try and stay with the team - come to practice, joke around with the guys, try and get as much fun out of it as you can.
“I can’t do any physical training right now, so I just have to make sure I eat alright, and then once I can start doing stuff, start working out and easing back into it.”
Asked about the likelihood of making a full recovery this term, he said: “I’ll be back this season, I am not concerned about that.”