On form Sheffield Steeler is ready to end his barren goal streak against Nottingham Panthers

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Sheffield Steelers’ top scorer might not have found the net in the last seven games.

But don’t rule out Mathieu Roy from being the game-breaker tomorrow night against Nottingham Panthers.

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers

Mathieu Roy - Sheffield Steelers

Over that barren period the French Canadian has been helper-in-in chief, chalking up an average of two assists a game.

And the forward remains a favourite of coach Gerad Adams, who rates him as one of the hardest workers and most selfless players on the side.

Breaking Roy’s duck against Nottingham would be a welcome sight, however.

Sheffield have only won two out of seven games so far against their rivals from down the M1 - and none of the last three.

It would be pleasing indeed to see Roy repeat the feat of October 4, when he scored the game-winner in the 4-2 victory.

The 28 year old is something of a streak scorer, before the seven goalless games, he scored in two consecutive outings. But before then he didn’t find the net in four.

Whatever, he remains the club’s leading points scorer in league and all competitions and will be vital if Steelers are to go equal on points with second-placed Nottingham in the Elite League table.

There is enormous pressure on Roy and his team-mates to win this particular match, having lost their last two Arena games against Panthers 4-1 and 4-0.

Roy scored the only Sheffield goal in those two hours of play.

Meanwhile Roy’s linemate Mike Forney is on a roll.

He has benefitted from the puck supply and has scored four goals and three assists in his last three games.

Steelers are hoping for a bumper crowd tomorrow and the coach has reinforced to his team that they have rarely played well against Panthers this season - so it’s time to change.