Steelers boss Paul Thompson has vowed to pay back the Sheffield fans who remained loyal to the side despite their 8-1 slaughter at Red Bull Salzburg, last weekend.
A fatigued and ill-disciplined Steelers shipped in four unanswered goals in a torrid final period in Austria, but the orange-clad supporters continued to sing and chant up to and beyond the final hooter.
Some supporters had a 26-hour journey back home and their commitment was not lost on Thompson.
“They were unbelievable in their support of us” he said. “We took a real beating so I can’t thank them enough. After all the distance they travelled and the money they spent, we didn’t get them the performance they warranted - we let them down. We’re very disappointed about that and will be working to put that right. I promise we will make it up to them.”
The pressing business of the day is Mathieu Roy’s scan - he damaged a foot blocking a shot last Thursday at HV71, in Sweden. He had a painkilling injection before the Red Bull game, but struggled. The club don’t think anything is broken but are anxious to find out the specifics.
When Roy dropped out, he was replaced by Jesse Schultz, whose regular spot then went to Rod Sarich - underlying the importance of the play-anywhere skater, who intends to hang up his boots after the CHL campaign is over.
Thompson, who has ordered double training sessions this week, may tinker with the lines again for the HV home game on Saturday.