Steelers prepare to fight fire with fire

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SHEFFIELD must quell Belfast Giants’ entire team if they are to chalk up win number 40 of the league season, on Saturday.

A victory by the league leaders on Irish ice would be a similar boost to the recent home and away victories over Cardiff Devils.

But Steelers skipper Jonathan Phillips is under no illusion about the size of the task facing them against a multi-talented team at the Odyssey Arena.

“Belfast have true firepower all over their side - like us, they have a lot of secondary and third scoring” he said.

“Goals can come from anyone.

“We have got to go there and be very defensive minded aganist them.

“We are pretty good at soaking up pressure and then taking what chances come our way. Having said that, Belfast have a solid defensive corps.

“But we will go in there knowing it is an away game we don’t have to be pretty in.

“We just want a win after the defeat by Hull Stingrays last Saturday.”

While Steelers dropped a clanger at home to Hull, Giants were much more composed when they played the same opposition, 24 hours later.

They won 5-2 in East Yorkshire, their tenth straight league win in succession.

Dan Welch and Brandon Dominic were their stars that evening.

Meanwhile, Steelers wing Rob Dowd will be hoping to build on his four goals in as many games.

He feels he is not under as much pressure this season compared to when he first arrived at Sheffield Arena - and that is suiting his game down to the ground.

Teammate Jerramie Domish said: “Dowdy is a very young Brit player.

He’s got a lot of heart, plays hard, skates well and he’s got a really good shot.

“We have some of the best Brits in the country. That’s why they are selected for GB every year.”