Sheffield Steelers goalie gets a night off

Ervins Mustukovs will get a rare respite on Saturday as Sheffield Steelers travel to Manchester Storm.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 29th August 2016, 10:45 pm

A friendly has been arranged just 24 hours before the same teams meet for the first proper domestic game of the

season, in the Challenge Cup.

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With the Latvian netminder facing 122 shots in the last three torrid Champions Hockey games (average of 40 a night) the exhibition game gives coach Paul Thompson a chance to look out how second-string netminder Brad Day has developed.

The Manchester away game “gives me an opportunity to give Brad a game and play the two young boys” he said, a

reference to Cole Shudra and Liam Kirk. Thompson also has an eye on the remaining CHL game, against Red Bull Salzburg, who butchered his side 8-1 in Austria.

He said his team has to fully evolve from a pre-season mode and he wants them to put in a “good, honest, hard-


working, smart performance” against Red Bull. Thompson gained solace from a good performance “over two periods” last Saturday against HV71. Storm, meanwhile, haven’t had the benefit of a testing pre-season, they start their’s against Coventry tomorrow, before welcoming Sheffield.

Meanwhile CHL sources have confirmed that they were unhappy with the state of Sheffield Arena’s ice quality in last weekend’s game.