GEOFF Woolhouse will emerge from the shadows to safeguard Sheffield Steelers’ progression to the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup.
The club’s No. 2 goaltender will be called up to play against his old club, Nottingham Panthers, tomorrow.
The game may be a ‘dead-rubber’ event, but a win would all but secure top spot in their cup group.
And coach Ryan Finnerty is happy to entrust that responsibility to Woolhouse, 27.
Finnerty said of John DeCaro’s understudy: “We are a two goalie team, both DeCaro and Woolhouse are important to us and it’s important to get Geoff minutes [in game-time].
“When we hit the stretch it’s important that both goalies are playing well.
“I’m starting Geoff tomorrow and I’m confident to do so. He has never let us down before and he won’t on Friday.
“I was keen to get him a start the weekend before last but didn’t want to throw him into the first after the big bus trip back from Dundee the night before.
“We will come back home from Nottingham and on Sunday when we play Fife Johnny will get the green light for that game. Right now though our focus is on Nottingham. ‘House’ knows he is starting, the team know and we are preparing for battle.
“We are going into Nottingham to win, to play hard and the guys always play hard for House.
“I want top billing in the Challenge Cup Group, I want the rest of the league to know that we want this trophy in our cabinet, Friday is another step towards that and I’m confident that Geoff Woolhouse will deliver the goods for us.”
The coach added: “A win in Nottingham would make us look good for winning our group in the Cup.
“We have targeted the Challenge Cup this year and I think results have shown that as a club we have taken this competition a lot more seriously.
“We have five wins from five games going in.”