Steelers keen to make Capitals gains and close gap on Clan

SHEFFIELD STEELERS will look to bounce back from Sunday night’s 4-0 defeat at Elite League title rivals Cardiff Devils when they play host to Edinburgh Capitals tonight.

Sheffield Steelers' head coach Gerad Adams
Sheffield Steelers' head coach Gerad Adams

Second-placed Steelers are three points behind and have a game in hand on leaders Braehead Clan, who play host to Hull Stingrays.

Despite the setback in Cardiff Steelers’ head coach Gerad Adams was confident it was nothing more than a blip - result-wise - for a team who had won five straight games ahead of their trip to South Wales.

“It’s good that we have another game so quickly, training sessions are shorter because the guys just need to play the games and we don’t want to be sitting around for too long at this stage of the season,” said Adams.

“But the Cardiff result was a one-off, we didn’t have a great night and we’ll improve and be much better against Edinburgh on Wednesday.”

The Steelers’ title chances will be greatly enhanced if Hull are able to repeat the success they enjoyed on their most recent visit to Glasgow just 10 days ago when they won 3-2.

Steelers aside, Omar Pacha’s team have made a habit of stunning the league’s top teams on the road this season, winning in Belfast and Nottingham as well as getting the better of Gardiner Conference rivals Braehead.

Confidence will be even higher in a Stingrays team fresh from beating Nottingham 5-2 at home on Sunday.

“There is no reason why we cannot beat Braehead again,” said Pacha.

“We will go there with the same mentality as we did last time and look to steal some more points.

“The road has been good to us this year, we like to play on the bigger ice and we have picked up big wins in Nottingham and Belfast.”