Aaron Fox and his Sheffield Window Centre, Sheffield Steelers, were back on home ice over the weekend as players returned from their international break.
For the Team GB boys, it was heartbreak in Nottingham on Sunday afternoon as the defeat at the hands of Hungary ended hopes of qualification to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The rest of the roster was at Ice Sheffield to take in the Sheffield Steeldogs fixture that saw Steelers’ own Alex Graham victorious and take home the Man of the Match prize.
Following the game, the side hit the ice for the second time of the weekend as they were put through their paces by the coaching staff.
With a training day off-ice today [Monday] focus is all geared towards another huge Elite League weekend with a home game versus Dundee Stars on Saturday before the long bus ride to Fife on Sunday.
All representatives from the Sheffield Steelers had impressive Olympic qualifiers, led by captain, Jonathan Phillips who was outstanding through all three games.
Jono scored GB’s sixth goal of the game as they put seven past Estonia on Saturday night, he fired top shelf and popped the goalie’s bottle off the net in the process.
Team GB debutant, Brendan Connolly had a debut to remember as he scored his first GB goal in the opening qualifying game against Romania, squeezing the puck under the arm of the goalie from close range.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield‘s, Peter Spencer, after Sunday’s game, Connolly said: “It’s been an honour to play for Great Britain with such a great group”.
Having missed out on a debut in last Summer’s world championships after suffering a devastating knee injury, Connolly sure did himself and his country proud over the weekend.
Then to Mr reliable, Davey Phillips and what a season our #13 is having. At both ends of the ice Phillips has excelled once again this season and it carried into his performances for his country proving to be a rock in front of Ben Bowns.
His defensive partner, Ben O’Connor was outstanding on Saturday night, quarter-backing the power play to great effect, starting the rush and creating numerous offensive chances.
Benny was assured in his own end and showed off his physical game on Sunday night vs the Hungarians who turned on the physicality for the final game.
Coach Fox is excited to see his GB boys return this week and get stuck into a big week of practice.
STEELERS NEXT HOME GAME:
Saturday 15th February
7 pm face-off
Steelers vs Stars
Tickets: 0114 256 5566 / http://bit.ly/Steelers_TIX