Why coach Aaron Fox remains confident Sheffield Steelers have requisite goal threat in Elite Series

SHEFFIELD STEELERS may not be scoring as freely as they once were in the Elite Series, but head coach Aaron Fox is in no way concerned.

Tanner Eberle, is Sheffield Steelers' joint top scoroer along with Liam kirk. Picture: Dean Woolley.
Tanner Eberle, is Sheffield Steelers' joint top scoroer along with Liam kirk. Picture: Dean Woolley.

The Steelers head into the first part of a double-header against Coventry Blaze tonight on the back of two losses, having followed up Friday night’s 4-3 reverse to Nottingham Panthers with a 3-2 defeat against Manchester Storm on Sunday.

Prior to that, Fox’s team had been scoring for fun, plundering 27 goals in four games.

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But, even though his players are finding it more difficult to light the lamp in recent outings, Fox remains relaxed.

Sheffield Steelers' coach Aaron Fox instructs his players during a late timeout in Sunday's defeat to Manchester. Picture courtesy of Dean Woolley.

“If the chances weren’t coming for us, I’d be worried,” said Fox, whose team are easily the most offensively gifted, having scored 39 in eight games, 13 more than their closest rival, as well as being the only team with a positive goal difference.

“As long as you’re creating the chances then you know you are doing things the right way. On Sunday, we were a bit more conscious defensively so, at times, you are going to give up a bit of offence if you’re trying to protect the house more and do things on the back end a little differently.”

The impressive performance of Curtis Warburton in goal on Sunday – following a solid display when coming off the bench in the first period against Nottingham – means Fox has a tough decision on whether to recall Ben Churchfield to start against Coventry, or stick with the 19-year-old from Sheffield who started the competition as his third-choice goalie.

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