Kilnhurst keeper Andy backs Sheffield Steelers

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Rotherham goaltender Andy Jaszczyk thoroughly enjoyed his 12-minutes in the spotlight in Sheffield Steelers’ 11-1 trouncing of Dundee - but knows he will head back into the shadows, this weekend.

Jaszczyk made nine saves - including one off his helmet -to keep a clean sheet in his first appearance of the season between the Arena pipes.

Andy Jaszczyk - Sheffield Steelers

Andy Jaszczyk - Sheffield Steelers

The 26-year-old from Kilnhurst knows the number one spot is nailed down by Frank Doyle - the import is having an exceptional season for Sheffield.

And Doyle will be back in his crease tonight against Belfast Giants.

But Jaszczyk said: “It is great to be on the ice, it’s always nice to get on and play, it’s what you want to do.

“It does mean a lot, but obviously you know your place as back-up goalie so you have to take your chances when they come and hope you play well.

“Frank is an excellent goalie, he helps you out a lot” said the Brit.

“Watching him play, picking up habits and things that he does, it helps your game.”

The former Hull, Manchester and Whitley custodian thinks Wednesday’s big win will help team spirit after a difficult December and early January.

“We have got a bit of momentum back and the guys are upbeat. We are a fast, strong, skilled hockey team” he said.

“We can score goals and we have got a great defensive zone so hopefully we can get a win (tonight.)”

Referring to recent losses he said: “It’s professional sport at the end of the day, you are going to win some you are going to lose some.

“The biggest thing is to show the character. We had a couple of bad results, but I don’t think we have played badly.

“We have come out of the corner and shown we are hungry and we want to win and we are a team to compete with.”

* Nottingham Panthers moved to within four points of the Elite League summit with a 5-0 rout of Coventry Blaze on Friday night.

Robert Farmer scored twice, adding to goals from Evan Mosey, Brandon Benedict and Guillaume Doucet as the Panthers feasted on the last-placed Blaze.

The win, Nottingham’s third in a row, takes them to 45 points, four behind Braehead with two games in hand.