Outgoing Sheffield coach wishes Steelers well tonight

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Marc Lefebvre believes Steelers can go on and win the Challenge Cup.

The assistant coach left Sheffield yesterday to become head coach at Coventry Blaze after the sacking of Matt Soderstrom.

Marc LeFebvre: once a Steeler...

Marc LeFebvre: once a Steeler...

Lefebvre says he has lots of work to do at the struggling Midland club - but left Sheffield hoping they can build a big first leg lead in tonight’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Nottingham Panthers.

A win over two legs would put them up against Belfast Giants and Lefebvre said: “I hope they win through and lift that cup.

“They are capable because they have the right personnel.

“Sheffield are one of several teams with a credible chance in the Play Offs too. I wish them well but having seen players like the wily vet Ashley Tait in practice today, Coventry have a chance too. It was a shock to be asked to come here, but a great opportunity.”

One import sure of his Sheffield place tonight will be Stefan Meyer, who scored four against Blaze on Sunday - the first time he’d netted that many since icing with Rochester Americans in the AHL (2005-8.)

It remains to be seen if Jeff Legue, dropped for Sheffield’s last game, will return to centre a line.

Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk Meyer said: “Leggy is the best player on our team, he is our leading scorer. He will bounce back, he will score four goals in a game because he has the skill to do it and all the boys in the room love him.”

He described Panthers as a good team adding: “We don’t like each other, the rivalry has been around for a long time. They have beat us we have beat them, you just never which way it will go.”

The left-shot Canadian profited on Sunday from being on a line with Max Lacroix and new signing Chris Blight.

He said: “We sure clicked, we had a lot of fun. Doug (Christiansen) said don’t be robots go out and play and we had success.”