GOALTENDER Tyler Plante has lost his race to be in contention for a return to action as Sheffield Steelers look to extend their run of form at Fife Flyers.
The Steelers’ No 1 goalie has missed the last 12 games through injury and was hoping to provuide some competition for his replacement Marek Pinc ahead of this weekend.
But head coach Paul Thompson confirmed last night as the team were travelling up to Scotland that the 28-year-old American was “not quite there”.
“We’re going to stick with Pincy,” said Thompson.
“Tyler’s close to being in contention but he’s just not there and we’re not going to risk it.
“It’s going to be a tough decision for me when he is back fully fit, but there are lots of tough decisions in this job and I’m used to that – that’s what I’m paid for.”
Steelers head to Fife on the back of a promising run of four wins in five games, Wednesday night’s 6-1 win at Ice Sheffield over Edinburgh Capitals moving them to within four points of leaders Cardiff Devils with a game in hand.
Fife and Sheffield will know each other pretty well given Thompson’s team enjoyed a 3-1 win over their Scottish rivals in South Yorkshire last Sunday.
Tomorrow sees Steelers back at Sheffield Arena to welcome Belfast Giants, although the head coach is not even considering that game until after tonight’s testing encounter in Kirkcaldy.
“We learned last week that Fife are a very good team – but then we knew they would be,” said Thompson.
“Going into Fife we know it’s going to be a great atmosphere and we know a little bit more about each other because of last week and we’re expecting another really tough night.
“We’re back home against Belfast on Sunday but you really cannot afford to get ahead of yourselves in this league.
“Everybody can beat everybody and that has been proved on a number of occasions already this season.
“We’ve won four out of five, our goals against is back down to where with was at the start of the season and we’ve got to build on what we’ve done in the last couple of weeks because we’re going the right way.”