Sheffield Steelers’ Christmas wish: stay top of the league

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Sheffield Steelers coach Gerad Adams is confident his players are self-disciplined enough not to over-indulge over the Christmas and New Year period.

He also says the festivities can be a poignant time for imported players, whose family are on the other side of the Atlantic.

Shawn Limpright - an outside chance of returning to Sheffield Steelers?

Shawn Limpright - an outside chance of returning to Sheffield Steelers?

But the emphasis amongst his squad must remain on continuing their top-of-the-league form, he says. “Our players are good with their strict diets and the way they take care of themselves. I can’t say enough about the players and that is all down to self-discipline. Christmas isn’t the best time of the year for hockey players, especially the imports being away from their families. Enjoy Christmas day as much as you can but know it is a massive game the next day (Nottingham Panthers) and we need to be fully prepared for it!”

Tonight Steelers are in the first of back-to-back games with Hull Stingrays. “They have got a very different team from years past” says Adams. “They look to get on the offensive side of the puck they really chip the puck in and try to get behind the defence. If you are not playing with good awareness, they can burn you.”

Danny Bois will continue to play on the third line this weekend - Adams thinks he still needs more games under his belt before a decision about upgrading him is made. He will feature on the Power Play.

* Steelers report no progress on the hunt for a new import, but The Star understands they have inquired about ex forward Shawn Limpright, who has not played so far this season.

* Coventry slipped to their sixth successive defeat after a 3-1 defeat to Belfast.

After a goalless first two periods, the game exploded into life when Cody Brookwell opened the scoring, with Darryl Lloyd doubling the Giants’ lead soon after.

Although the Blaze pulled one back through Justin DaCosta, David Phillips sealed victory for the Northern Irish side soon after.

Elsewhere, Matthew Myers, Doug Clarkson, Joey Haddad, Joey Martin and Andrew Hotham were all on-target as the Cardiff Devils crushed the Fife Flyers 5-0.