Last season they were Sheffield Steelers’ three Musketeers.
Colton Fretter, Mike Forney and Mathieu Roy were members of an outstanding first line that drove Steelers into first place...and kept them there at the pinnacle.
This season has been different: Fretter and Roy were split into different lines as Forney began a new episode in his career with Belfast Giants.
But as Sheffield prepare to welcome Forney and his Northern Irish team-mates to the Arena for back to back weekend games, Fretter and Roy are re-united..and looking for goals again.
Fretter, the stocky, relentless forward who is at the heart of so many dangerous Sheffield moves, said of his linemate Roy: “There is some chemistry there that we had from last year, but anyone the coach puts me with I am pretty excited to play with. Hopefully me and Mathieu can take off where we were last year and have some success.”
As for free-scoring Forney, Fretter is in no doubt where his priorities will lie.“Any game he plays he is desperate to score a goal, which is a good thing, that is why he put so many in last year. I don’t think he is going to take it (playing his old club) any differently. He puts a lot of pucks on the net and is a skilled shooter so we have got to make sure we take him away.
“He shoots from everywhere. It is hard to defend that. Sometimes when goalies are not expecting it, he puts the pucks on net so we have to make sure we are always ready for him to shoot.”
Meanwhile Tyler Mosienko has been named Elite League Player of the Week after some prolific points scoring. Fretter said: “He is always buzzing around. I am sure anybody you talk to who has seen him play (will think) he is always a threat out there. Right now he is having a lot of success and it is really helping the team.”*
*Belfast player-coach Derrick Walser has been banned for two games by the Elite League’s Department of Player Safety and will miss this weekend.
*Sheffield Steeldogs host ‘sister’ club and bottom of the table Hull Pirates tomorrow (7.45pm.) Both clubs are owned by Rotherham businessman Shane Smith.