Sheffield Steelers must find target - and keep out the penalty box

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Sheffield Steelers coach Gerad Adams prepares for tomorrow’s first league game of the season against Nottingham Panthers anxious that recent history does not repeat itself.

Steelers’ first loss of the campaign came at the NIC, in the Challenge Cup, a 2-1 reverse, on September 20.

“They are extremely good at home, they are very fast and exert high pressure, that is similar to us in some ways” said Adams.

“Their special teams are very good. We know all about those particular strengths.

“In their first game with us, we were on the penalty kill all night. That destroyed all our momentum and all chance of getting in a rhythm.

“But we addressed that in our second game (won 4-2 October 4.)”

Similarly, Adams wants his side to show the finishing skills displayed at Edinburgh las Saturday, rather than the bungled attempts on Dundee’s goals 24 hours later.

“There were individual errors in our play which cost us the game at Dundee. In terms of execution we could do no wrong the night before but the following night we just couldn’t put it in.

“We created more than enough chances at Dundee and limited them to a handful of legitimate chances.

“But we made mistakes. A player did not protect a bouncing puck at a critical time for example. It is about reading the game, our instincts were off sometimes. Video clips have been sent out to all players for them to look at the errors so the are corrected but also to look at the many positive things we have been doing. From the goaltender out to all our players we can do better, than we did against Dundee.”

n Mathieu Roy’s five goals and two assists last weekend has seen him rise up the League’s top point takers’ rankings to third with 7+13. He is behind leading scorer Neil Trimm, of Braehead Clan, and Chris Augur, whose Fife Flyers side visit iceSheffield on Sunday.