Ice hockey: Meyers believes Steelers have what it takes to win title

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DANNY Meyers believes Sheffield Steelers have shown their title credentials this week.

Thursday’s 2-1 win at Cardiff Devils’ notoriously difficult rink- despite the weariness of six GB skaters just returned from international duty - was a sign of good things to come, said the defenceman.

“That game was just what we needed, winning 2-1 in a real war against Cardiff will do us more good than a 5-0 blow out,” he said.

“We started slowly, perhaps we looked like a team that hadn’t been together for a couple of weeks. I thought we came out for the second and third battle-ready.

“The game had a play-off feel, pushing and shoving after every whistle, there was a real edge.

“Cardiff played well, they were short handed but really up for the game.

“That was a huge two points and we knew we had to dig in to bring them back to Sheffield. We did that, we got physical, we never stepped down from anyone and we earned our points.”

Meyers added: “It was the perfect game to get us back into Elite hockey after the week away on international duty. To come down here concede early and then play for over 58 minutes without letting another goal in shows a great commitment to team defence, we made ourselves so difficult to beat and then took our chances in the second period.

“This was a win of a team grinding their way in their challenge for a title.”

Steelers host Fife Flyers tonight (7pm) and Hull Stingrays tomorrow (5pm.)