|Sheffield Steelers are preparing to face wounded Cardiff Devils in Saturday’s play-off Quarter Finals.
The Sheffield side will face the Devils at home in the hope of claiming another win from the original Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) favourites.
Cardiff lost the EIHL trophy to top-of-the-league Belfast Giants following a shocking 3-1 loss to Coventry Blaze last weekend. They will be keen to seek a win in Sheffield this weekend in a bid to retain a top three placing.
The Steelers have positive experience against the side when they claimed their only win this season against the Welsh team with a 5-4 victory, which knocked them from the top of the table.
The host team will be eager for another win to establish themselves as credible contenders following a tough season, having qualified in seventh place they will hope to progress to the Play Off Semi-finals in Nottingham the following weekend.
Reaching the final four would be a significant achievement for the team.
Tom Barrasso, Steelers Head Coach, told the Sheffield Star: “This year has been a great challenge. Working to build up the confidence and self-belief of a beat-up group of players has been rewarding.
“The relationships you build with the players, owners and staff are what make the experience.”
Over 1,000 tickets were sold in 24 hours for this event with fans hoping for a fairytale ending to a tough season.
One fan, Siobhan Buck, 27, said: “We know we can do it so hopefully as fans we can all get behind the boys and they can do us proud so we can knock them out, get to Nottingham and win it again.”
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