Gerad Adams hopes this week’s passage to the Challenge Cup final will super-charge their entire season.
“I think the way we played on Tuesday at Nottingham, especially in the third period, and what we achieved, will give us fresh impetus” said the Sheffield Steelers’ coach.
“It took a lot - on many levels, emotionally, mentally and physically - to come back and win there and it has given us a big boost. Getting to the Final was a goal from the start of the season and it is great that we have accomplished it.”
Steelers will play Adams’ old team Cardiff Devils at Sheffield Arena on March 8. Devils beat Coventry Blaze 5-3 on Wednesday (9-4 on aggregate.)
So Blaze will be looking for a confidence booster of their own before they host Steelers tomorrow, after Sheffield have first travelled to Hull Stingrays, tonight.
“Hull play a good transitional game, so we will have to limit their odd man rushes and get our Power Play scoring” said Adams. “Against Coventry we need quality pucks in the back of the net, rather than at their big goalie. He (Brian Stewart) is the strength of their side. The last time we played Coventry they were blocking shots the way we have been doing in the last couple of games, so we will have to match their urgency.”
Steelers hope to give more ice time to Dustin Kohn, who is feeling his way back after injury. Team-mate Mark Thomas said: “Kohner played in the third period at Nottingham and is easing back after his knee problem. He came back too soon after his last injury and re-injured it so nobody wants that to happen again. Hopefully he will be back to full fitness soon. He is a cracking player.
“Last year in the Play Offs he was our best player on D if not the best player on the team.”