Why Guildford Flames coach Paul Dixon believes Sheffield Steelers will be successful this season

SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE: Tanner Eberle confronts Guildford's Jesse Craige. Picture: Dean Woolley.
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GUILDFORD FLAMES coach Paul Dixon has backed Sheffield Steelers to be in among the trophies this season.

The 46-year-old saw his side split a double-header weekend with the Steelers in the Elite League, bouncing back from a 5-3 defeat at Sheffield with a 4-2 victory on home ice the following evening.

It left Aaron Fox's team top of the standings, level on points with the in-form Belfast Giants who have risen to parity on the back of a six-game winning streak and have three games in hand.

Guildford sit seventh, six points adrift of the top two but with two games in hand on their South Yorkshire rivals.

A previous meeting between the two back in September in Sheffield saw the Steelers enjoy a 4-1 triumph and Dixon has seen enough to convince him of the silverware credentials of Fox's team.

“We managed to beat a very good hockey team," said Guildford coach Paul Dixon said after Sunday's home win. “For me, that Sheffield team is going to be there or thereabouts for all three trophies - it is a very good hockey team they have put together.

Guildford Flames' head coach Paul Dixon. Picture courtesy of John Uwins/EIHL.

Guildford Flames' head coach Paul Dixon. Picture courtesy of John Uwins/EIHL.

“They have some very talented forwards, are strong on the back end and they also have a good netminder. I’m very impressed with that team. Before last weekend, if anybody had said you’ll split the weekend with Sheffield, Id have gladly taken it.”