Tyler Mosienko is a symbol of the brilliant offensive start that Sheffield Steelers have made in the Challenge Cup.
He notched two goals last Saturday in the 5-0 savaging of Coventry Blaze, and has wracked up 4+2 in total in the four Cup games so far.
While 20 Steeler goals in four games is some going, the defensive side has been pretty watertight too, conceding one goal in the last three outings.
Mosienko, a second season Steeler said: “Things are coming together pretty good here. We have three lines that are contributing right now - every week we are getting a little better. We are patching up the things we need to work on and we need to keep heading in the right direction.”
Mosienko said he was impressed with the way the club was developing “from the coach to the fitness guy to the three solid lines.
“It’s a different squad from last year. In the last couple of games look at our back end: they haven’t given up much and that’s going to help us a lot in the long run. It is nice to have guys like Fitzy (Zack Fitzgerald) and Dukes (Mike Duco) and even (Levi) Nelson has stepped up physically. I think we are a bit more of a physical team than we were last year. Coming down to the end of the season that is going to help us.”
Mosienko has been impressed by the recent shut-outs by goalie Tyler Plante, but is reluctant to compare him with previous custodian Frank Doyle. “Frank was a great guy, a great goalie and Planter’s right there with him. I am not going to say who is better or worst! They are both really good goalies.”
Steelers travel to Dundee Stars on Saturday before hosting Manchester Storm on Sunday. Of Dundee, the centreman said: “They have made a better start than last year, it is a long bus ride and we have got to go up there prepared.”
n Steeldogs are celebrating wins over Milton Keynes (5-4) and Swindon Wildcats (3-1.) Forward Tom Squires regarded the away victory at MK as “brilliant team win by the boys... everyone did their job.”