Sheffield Steelers will be wary of Hull Stingrays tonight

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Any team that can beat Nottingham Panthers 6-1 away deserves respect.

And that is certainly what Sheffield Steelers will show Hull Stingrays tonight.

Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers, left.

Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers, left.

The East Yorkshire side are clearly capable of upsetting the odds away from their rink, they have won at Dundee Stars too.

Their win in Nottingham might have had something to do with a Champions Hockey League hangover suffered by the home side.

But Steelers captain Jonathan Phillips is taking nothing for granted in this Challenge Cup tie.

“ I know they have had some great results lately. Whenever we have played Hull in the past, it’s always been a tough game. But it is a good league now.

“You can’t just turn up against these teams. They are good sides, with good players and well organised. We have got to bring everything to get two points.”

A win would ultimately be useful in the pursuit of a good seeding position in the quarter finals. And tonight Phillips may well find himself on a hard-working line that did well against Nottingham, last weekend.

Speaking about his combination with imports Tyler Mosienko and Jay Latulippe last Saturday, he said: “ I thought we played very, very well.

“I played with Mosey last weekend too and we seem to work together well down low and then Jay came in too.

“We seemed to support each other well, I think we were unlucky not to get a couple of goals. Jay got one disallowed. I thought we worked well together.”