Brad Day gets the starting goaltending slot tonight as Sheffield Steelers look to do a better job defending their goal.
The Huddersfield-born netminder, 21, takes over from import Tyler Plante, who was “hung out to dry” and conceded four goals in 10 minutes at the Arena last Sunday.
The former Steeldog back-stops the side at Manchester Storm, whose forwards embarrassed Sheffield in that last game.
Coach Paul Thompson has been looking for a match to give Day some ice time, and this relatively unimportant Challenge Cup Group game fits the bill.
Thompson met with Plante yesterday and told him he expects “the higher level” he knows the player is capable of.
“Tyler is frustrated but now he has an opportunity to re-focus. I want to see him come back with a smile on his face and play strong.”
Plante has a 90.4 per cent save percentage, which is lower than most of his Elite League rivals.
Yet he is second only to Nottingham’s Miika Wiikman in terms of the goals-against average per game.
He has had two shut-outs this year, against Coventry Blaze.
Meanwhile, former Blaze forward Chris Lawrence will remain at Steelers for at least another month.
Thompson extended the winger’s short-term deal yesterday. “After that length of time, we will really be able to see accurately, where Chris is at” said the coach.
“I am hoping he is going to do so well he will make it impossible for us to let him go.”
While most players want some level of security, Lawrence also has the option to go elsewhere if another deal comes his way.
He has scored six goals in five games since joining the champions.