So which Sheffield Steelers’ team will turn up?

Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 12/12/14
Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils 12/12/14
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Sheffield Steelers can help themselves to their first trophy of the season on Sunday.

They take on Cardiff Devils, on home ice, in the Challenge Cup final (5pm.)

It promises to be some event: Sheffield Arena has been overshadowed over the past few years in ice hockey terms by the Play Off venue that is the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.

Will Steelers win? They need to, because regardless of whether they won last night (the league game with Braehead Clan finished after our deadline) there are no certainties in terms of the League title or the Play Offs. Especially as Steelers have an inconsistent streak that has damaged them on occasions, this year.

In the last six matches, Sheffield have lost three times, twice to Coventry Blaze, who are not many people’s choice as a championship side. Yet they have won at Nottingham Panthers and Belfast Giants, two of the hardest places to play.

Who knows what Steelers’ team will turn up? Hopefully not the one which has lost six times at the Arena. Rather the one that plays the body, covers every inch, guards their own net and obscures the opposition’s.

Gerad Adams’ men play Belfast Giants first on Saturday - and will be looking for their first Arena win in a month.

Hold on to your hockey hats - it is going to be one hell of a weekend.