Manchester Storm ride back into Sheffield this Sunday for their first EIHL game against the Steelers.
Here's five things to bear in mind ahead of Sunday's home game:
1: Steelers forward Jeff Legue could break another longstanding Steelers record by scoring – Legue's goal last Sunday was his 250th in the Elite league (or EIHL related competitions such as the Challenge Cup / Play Off's) overall though it was Legue's 254th goal for the Steelers in all competitions (European, Continental Cup etc) - that ties Legue with Ken Priestlay.
Should Legue make it 255 on Sunday not only would he overtake Priestlay he would become the clubs highest ever goal scorer in the 'top flight.' (Shudra and Nemeth would have more goals – but many of them in ED1 and Heineken Division 1)
2: The Steelers are unbeaten at the Arena so far this season in domestic competition – it's a great run and one Paul Thompson needs to keep in place if the club are to challenge for the title again this year – home form is crucial. To date the Steelers have played seven games at the Arena, shutting out Coventry (5-0) conceding 1 goal against Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast (twice) and Nottingham – in fact the only time we have conceded more than one was last Sunday against title challenges Braehead (4-3 win in overtime)
3: Chris Lawrence – he just can't stop scoring. It's hard to believe that in nine games for the Coventry Blaze Lawrence registered just one assist – ouch!
In 3 games for the Steelers he has had two multiple goal games, he has scored in ever game. He has scored one game tying goal and two game winning goals – five in all.
4: Ben O'Connor right now is hotter than a Burngreave Balti – and his skillful skating is making Christopher Dean look like a session skater.
The points are coming for Benny right now, some of his creativity has you speechless in the stands, what a play on Jason Hewitt's game tying goal on Sunday.
O'Connor joined the Steelers part way through last season after three years in Kazakhstan. He is without doubt the most skilled home grown talent in the Elite League right now – his offensive plays, incredible stick work and bullet of a shot have fans excited every time he is on the puck.
5: Sheffield Arena could well be demolished before the end of the season – well if Steelers winger Levi Nelson has anything to do with it it will be. Nelson is the biggest hitter in the Elite League - "BOOOOOM" When he hits you – well you stay hit – if he misses you then the whole arena shakes and you hear the boards and plexi glass rattle and creak. Sheffield Council, SIV and Arena's insurance company have been warned – watch out, watch out, Levi Nelson is about.