Sheffield Steelers will be under orders to dish out the physical stuff tonight as they try to forcibly reduce the gap between themselves and league leaders Braehead Clan.
Gerad Adams thnks his side were too soft an option when they lost ground in the title race - and both points - at Coventry Blaze on Sunday.
“We allowed them to attack us - instead of being aggressive on our blue line we were passive” he said. “We gave up too many odd-man rushes too, and were not compact like we have been, our guys were too spread out.”
With Ryan Finnerty’s side five points ahead of second placed Sheffield, Adams says two points in regulation time are essential. “I was frustrated on Sunday night and I want to see us incredibly aggressive against Braehead and force their d-men in every possible situation. We need to be much more active and play as a unit.”
That is easier said than done against a team that knows how to handle itself.
But the fact is that if Steelers win the Challenge Cup alone this season - they are in the final on Sunday against on-form Cardiff Devils - the campaign will not be deemed a success by the club’s high-command.
Meanwhile, Josh Unice, who conceded five in the Midlands, looks as though he will be the number one goalie for the rest of the season for Sheffield. The initial occupant of the crease Frank Doyle appears to be out for the campaign. But Adams says he has full confidence in the younger man.
“Josh and Frank have two totally different styles - there is not one style better than the other, it’s just stopping the puck that’s important” he said. “Josh is a butterfly goalie who is very vocal while Frank is more active out of the net, but they have similar numbers and if Frank is out for however long I am confident Josh can help us win.”