Steelers need to be physical and quick to get points from Dundee Stars, Aaron Fox says

Dundee Stars' visit to Sheffield tonight will be the first time the Scots have been to the arena in 17 weeks - and their 4-2 defeat back then was quite a watershed in Steelers' season.

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Saturday, 15th February 2020, 10:00 am
Tanner Eberle celebrates after scoring against Dundee, earlier this season. Pic: Dean Woolley.

On that night in October, Pavel Kantor sat near the scattering of away fans in the stands, with coach Aaron Fox saying he had needed to find his confidence after a 6-2 mauling in the Challenge Cup at Manchester Storm.

Four days later Kantor had left the club - and has never been replaced like-for-like.

While it was a gloomy date in Kantor's diary, things were turning for the better for Steelers.

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Glasgow Clan had lost which meant Sheffield were sole occupiers of the top position, for the first time.

And Tanner Eberle was showing the form that has made him such an impact player; he scored twice.

Eberle, in fact, likes playing against Stars: in the three games so far he has scored five goals.

But he will be up against an unpredictable team, this time.

Dundee may have lost at Fife Flyers recently - that's a warning shot to Steelers who play there on Sunday - but they sandwiched that defeat by victories at Glasgow and at home to Guildford Flames.

Coach Omar Pacha's team have beaten Cardiff Devils's 5-2 this year and scored six against them earlier on in the season.

Only Steelers and Coventry Blaze have scored more goals than them - but Dundee has shipped in more than anyone else.

Coach Fox said: "It seems a long time since we have seen Dundee. I have watched them on film and they are feisty, good on the power play and can hit you on turnovers.

"We need to play our game, be physical and quick, if we are going to get the points."

*Sheffield will be hoping for decent attendance against Stars.

They are currently the most-supported team in the EIHL with an average attendance of 6,589. Nottingham Panthers come second with 5,386.

Manchester Storm are ranked bottom with an average gate of 1,296.

Interestingly, Steelers are the biggest penalty-minute takers with a game-average of 14.45 minutes, while Dundee are the best behaved with 8.74.