STAND by for a bruising encounter tonight at iceSheffield.
Sheffield Steelers players have been plotting a physical approach to this evening’s Challenge Cup second leg quarter final against Dundee Stars.
Defenceman Chris Frank,who was given a one match ban match penalty for “excessive roughness” in the last second of the first leg, has already made it clear Stars face a punishing night.
Now skipper Jonathan Phillips has reaffirmed that philosophy.
“We will make life uncomfortable for Dundee, we will be physical” vowed the Welshman.
“We have talked about our approach to this game and we are all agreed that the best way is to go hard at them right from the first shift.
“I guess we will be killing a few penalties but we will make it a long night for them.”
Other than the rough stuff, his side will have to achieve something that they haven’t managed all season to beat Stars by more than two goals.
Steelers have three victories under their belt in League play a 4-3 overtime away win on November 3, another overtime win at home 5-4 on November 21 and a 3-1 home win on December 15. The Stars though were victorious last Thursday 4-2 in the first leg meaning an up hill battle lies ahead.
“It is a game we must win” said Phillips. “We’ve had the upper hand all season against them even though all the games have been tight. We had the upper hand last Thursday for 50 minutes and then mental lapses cost us.
“Score lines have been low but we have confidence we have the goals inside our locker room to win the tie.
“We will again limit the shots we give up and the areas we give those shots from but then offensively when we get a chance we have to go hard.
“It will be rammed in iceSheffield, the atmosphere will be electric.
“From shift one for 60 or even 65 minutes we will give it everything we have.”