Sheffield Steelers winger Phil Hill says team has re-grouped since losing to Cardiff Devils

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Phil Hill - a goal-scoring hero from last year’s Play Off final win - senses another victory for Sheffield Steelers this weekend.

The third-line forward, who was revealed as the Coach’s player of the year this week, thinks the solidarity of the side will help them overcome Hull Stingrays in Saturday’s semi-final.

Phil Hill in the thick of things for Sheffield Steelers

Phil Hill in the thick of things for Sheffield Steelers

The team has the same appetite to claim the post-season trophy as last year, says Hill.

“When we lost out on that Challenge Cup it really hurt the group because we felt we’ve got the strongest team in the league and we felt we could win every trophy this year.

“We’ve lost out on one, we’ve won the League and we’ve re-grouped and are going to Nottingham with confidence.”

Winning is addictive and the Welshman has fond memories of last year’s victory. “Scoring the goal was pretty good but when (Drew) Fata put that in the net, the emotion...I’ve never experienced anything like that in my career.”

Hill’s centreman Jeff Legue, like Rob Dowd, is in his season-best form.

And Hill says: “I’ve always said that Jeff is a stand-out player in this League. You give him the puck and he can create things on his own and for team-mates.”

When Legue came back, said Hill, there was a transition to make, moving from one line to another.

“Now he is back in the middle and he can dominate from there.”