Steelers coach Adams only seeing Stars ahead of Challenge Cup clash

Gerad Adams - Sheffield Steelers v Nottingham Panthers 26/12/14
Gerad Adams - Sheffield Steelers v Nottingham Panthers 26/12/14

Sheffield Steelers will hope to return to form this week, in the Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Dundee.

The South Yorkshire ice hockey outfit travel to Scotland for Thursday’s game on the back of four straight defeats.

Steelers fans have endured two miserable weekends in a row, with a pair of losses to rivals Nottingham followed by last weekend’s double defeat at the hands of the Belfast Giants.

Gerad Adams will be expecting a big response from his men in a competition he insists is worth winning.

Speaking ahead of the first leg of the quarter-final the head coach said: “The Challenge Cup has always been one of our priorities and it remains so.”

“We played a great series of games in the round robin qualification matches and finished top of our group.”

“That shows we were and still are serious about this competition.”

“We will travel to Dundee the day before the game to ensure that the players have the best preparation.”

The return leg at the Motorpoint Arena will be played on 14th January, with the victors facing the winners of the Nottingham Panthers and Fife Flyers series.

But Adams will not overlook Dundee, despite a potential clash with the Panthers.

“This leg will be tough and we expect to see a Dundee side fully motivated to give us a bloody nose.”

“We aren’t looking past this game.”

The Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers clash again this Saturday at the Motorpoint Arena (face off 7pm) before Steelers travel to Coventry on Sunday to face the Blaze.