Steelers move quickly to bring in cover for injured goalie Plante

SHEFFIELD STEELERS have moved quickly to bring in a replacement for injured No 1 goalie Tyler Plante, landing former Czech international Marek Pinc.

Sheffield Steelers' goalie Tyler Plante, who came off injured during last Sunday's win over Cardiff Devils

Plante was pulled early in the second period during Sunday night's 4-3 win over Cardiff Devils. On the night he was replaced by Huddersfield-born back-up Brad Day, who impressed with an assured display.

But realistically - given Day's lack of top-flight experience - Thompson knew he would have to bring in a recognised netminder to cover for Plante and, in Pinc, he believes he has landed the genuine article.

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"Tyler is injured and we need another number one goalie. It's as simple as that," said Thompson.

Sheffield Steelers' head coach Paul Thompson

"Brad has done a terrific job and will continue to do so but I think everyone agrees that finding another starting goalie while Tyler is out was a priority."

Pinc arrives in South Yorkshire later today highly recommended, having played against Ben O'Connor during the Steelers' defenceman's time in the Kazakhstan League, while also playing alongside Steelers' assistant coach Darrell Hay when the two were part of the Bili Tygri Liberec roster in the Czech League during the 2011-12 season.

"Once we knew the extent of Tyler's injury, we made various enquiries and were delighted when we found out that a goalie with Marek's experience and ability was available," added Thompson

"We have done our homework and being a European meant he could fly in immediately and we could bypass the visa delays.

New Sheffield Steelers netminder, Marek Pinc

"Marek was keen to join us straight away so we will see him in time for a couple of training sessions before Saturday's game against Dundee."

Pinc will arrive in Sheffield later today and be available for Saturday's clash at Ice Sheffield against Dundee Stars.