Netminder out to hold his nerves against old pals

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GEOFF Woolhouse aims to put the butterflies behind him when he backstops Sheffield Steelers against his old club Nottingham Panthers tonight.

The back-up goalie started his first game in a year in the midweek 7-5 win at Hull Stingrays and admitted he’d been nervous.

“I was apprehensive after how well the team had been doing. I didn’t want to be the guy who blew it,” he said.

“There was a fear that after all of the hard work of four wins in five nights that I wouldn’t help them get the win”

“In saying that the boys had confidence in me and I didn’t see a change in them and their approach at all. Being my first start in 12 months, I needed to get into the game quickly and made a nice save in the first minute to settle me down.

As for tonight, the six-season Panther says: “I will try and block out the fact that 7,000-plus will be in the building or that it’s Nottingham, just that I’m playing against a good team that will try and test me all night. I Just have to concentrate on my game and what I do. With Belfast and Cardiff so close to us, every point is huge, I don’t want to drop a single point for the team.”

“I have friends on the Panthers team, guys like David Clarke and Marc Leavers. They will try to light me up and I’ll try to shut them out. If we get two points I will be more than satisfied that I contributed whilst Ervins Mustukovs has been away.”