Sheffield Steelers ‘must keep the goals coming’

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Marc Lefebvre hopes Steelers can carry on where they left off - and continue on the goal trail.

A recent dearth of strikes was swept away by five goals against Coventry Blaze on Thursday.



Now Sheffield’s acting coach wants the see a similar offensive thrust tonight at Fife Flyers and tomorrow, at home to Ryan Finnerty’s Braehead Clan.

Reflecting on video at on the side’s return to scoring, he said: “Scoring was something that we worked on in practice, bearing down, executing our chances.

“We had 44 shots last Sunday and only scored two goals - and ( a total of) six goals over the last three games - so we really needed to bury our chances.”

That has now started happening and a relieved Lefebvre says he craves the pressure of being in charge at the club.

“I love it, this is the best. I love the pressure. I knew at some point I would have to step in and I am glad I have got the first win out of the way,” he said.

Head coach Doug Christiansen - in Wisconsin, USA, following the death of his father - texted his congratulations to Lefebvre and the skaters within minutes of Thursday’s victory. “He said how proud and pumped he is with the guys” said Lefebvre.

The deputy boss will again be in charge of team-matters this weekend.

And he will not want to see one time Arena favourite Finnerty return and win in Sheffield - as he did last time. “He is a former coach here and will be looking for both wins here, but we definitely owe him one,” said Lefebvre. “He took it to us last game now we have to take it to them. We can’t afford to drop any more points against that conference. And we have to play better defensively against them” warned Lefebvre.

He also said he was happy that Drew Fata fought Blaze’s Michael Devin, last Thursday, after the latter had checked Nate DiCasmirro in the back. “It shows team toughness, guys sticking up for each other,” he said. “Protecting a teammate is important.”