Steelers ace wants that scoring feeling again

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MATT Stephenson hopes to find the back of the net for Sheffield Steelers this weekend - a joy which he rediscovered only recently.

The import defenceman hadn’t scored in a competitive game since icing for the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL in the 2008-9 season.

However, he netted on his Steelers debut, at Belfast Giants on the opening day, and wants to experience that high again.

He said: “The boys were making fun of me in the (dressing) room after that goal but I had a three-year celebration built up in me, that was some pent up energy just waiting to come out.”

The 6ft 2in blue-liner would be delighted to add to his modest tally at iceSheffield, tonight, when Sheffield entertain Coventry Blaze in the Challenge Cup.

That is followed tomorrow by a trip to Cardiff Devils, where Steelers were shut out 4-0 in September.

Stephenson said: “We are a team that makes a lot of plays but when you go in that rink, there is no room. You have to change your game. Everything is won on the boards, you are not going to see a lot of pretty plays, everything happens so fast and things come at you so quickly.

“When you go in there you have to be mentally prepared to hit and be hit, make quick plays and keep your head up. We came out sluggish and it bit us ...we couldn’t get back in the game, they took it to us.

“Hopefully it will be different, we have to show up and play hard for a full 60 mins, last time we were there, I don’t think we played five.”

Steelers back-up goalie Geoff Woolhouse agreed: “We got outworked in Cardiff; we were second to a lot of pucks, but if that happens you have to be smart and we weren’t.”