Paying the penalty

Jason Hewitt in battle for Sheffield Steelers at Hull Stingrays
Jason Hewitt in battle for Sheffield Steelers at Hull Stingrays
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If Steelers have five skaters on the ice all night on Sunday, they will beat Nottingham Panthers, at Sheffield Arena.

If they spend too much time with four or three players only on the pad, they will be beaten by them for a fourth time this season.

Sheffield winger Jason Hewitt blames too many penalties for the 1-0 loss at Nottingham, last weekend.

“We talked about it afterwards and a few guys were mad and upset; we cannot beat a team like Nottingham if we have four guys on the ice,” he said.

“We outshot them, had some good shots and their goalie may have played well but it came down to being in the penalty box all night. We were indisciplined.

“The defeat came down to being to being short-handed, five on five we outworked them and we can do it again tomorrow.”

Hewitt thinks Steelers will be even stronger when injured duo Jonathan Phillips and Mike Ramsay eventually return.

Sheffield have five games in hand over leaders Belfast Giants and are only six points adrift of them: “We are in a great place,” said Hewitt.

“We have good players coming back and - no disrespect to the guys who are filling in as they are making the most of a bad situation.

“When the injured guys come back we’ll be even deeper and hopefully it’ll make a difference.”

Panthers forward David Clark believes that the edge is back in the Steelers v Panthers rivalry: “It might have lost its way a bit in the last couple of years but it’s back now.

“These two teams seem to clash and there is an edge to every shift you are out there. No team wants to stand down and give way, that’s how it was last Saturday and that’s how it will be in Sheffield on Sunday. A war, I’m sure.”