Rod Sarich says there is no such thing as a foregone conclusion in ice hockey.
Sheffield Steelers may be five goals ahead as they go into tonight’s second-round Play off quarter final at Dundee Stars, but the defenceman says none of the players will be over-confident.
“”The 6-1 score might sound good and it should, ofcourse, be a comfortable enough lead but we know we will be in for a gritty game”” said the Canadian.
“It is the last game of Dundee’s year and they will want to leave their fans something to remember.
“”If we allowed them to get a couple of goals, who knows what could happen? Dundee have improved a lot since the start of the season and they will play hard.””
Sarich said any half-hearted approach to the game carried with it the danger of sustaining injuries, too.
“And you don’t want to be playing gingerly, if you are about to go into a Play Off semi-final in Nottingham” he added.
Winger Rob Globke was similarly averse to any complacency.
““The first leg result was obviously a good one for us, but you never know in this game.
“”We just have to play smart and we should be alright.””
Steelers will come face to face with Stars Czech goalie Ladislav Kudrna, whose liberal use of the stick last Tuesday night in the first leg endangered Globke, Neil Clark and Jeff Legue.
Sheffield forward Joey Talbot said: “”I think their goalie was a little bit excessive with his stick. I’m sure it was out of frustration, more than anything else.
““But we’ll watch out for that and hopefully go on and win the match.
“”You can never say never in this sport, but Dundee definitely have a tough road ahead of them overcoming our lead. I don’t think we have conceded that many goals in a while..”