A fresh injury blow has caused upheaval in Sheffield Steelers’ camp ahead of tonight’s big clash with Nottingham Panthers.
Rob Dowd injured his hand last Saturday - but the team expected the winger to have recovered in time for this weekend.
There is no break but there is serious bruising and possible ligament damage, so doctors insist the forward must rest.
Dowd wanted to ignore that advice, but the club thinks it is in his and their interests to give him time to fully recuperate.
Dowd joins Pascal Morency (concussion) and d-man Rod Sarich (leg break) in the stands.
It means coach Gerad Adams has had to devise a new plan to beat his side’s biggest rivals.
But it probably won’t include splitting up the first line of Colton Fretter, Mathieu Roy and Michael Forney as Adams wants to continue developing their obvious chemistry.
Instead he may move Jay Latulippe up on to the line with Tyler Mosienko and Phil Hill. Latulippe could benefit from this arrangement.
He hasn’t, so far, shown the feistiness the club had talked about when they signed him. He has scored a single goal and assist in seven games.
Adams may try and get two-way player Luke Ferrara from Peterborough Phantoms, so he can Jason Hewitt and Jonathan Phillips.
Nottingham won last night, but they are not without their problems. Brandon Benedict has a concussion and Robert Farmer is also out, but David Clarke is back after shoulder surgery.
Friday 3rd October 2014
Belfast Giants 3 Cardiff Devils 2
Challenge Cup Group B
Nottingham Panthers 2 Coventry Blaze 1
* Mike Kompon scored two goals as Elite League leaders Belfast Giants twice came from behind to edge out the Cardiff Devils 3-2.
Tyson Marsh and Jake Morissette twice gave the Welsh side the lead but that was cancelled out by Kompon and Belfast captain Adam Keefe.
Kompon then dramatically scored the winner with under 30 seconds remaining to lift the Giants to their second successive win.