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Continental Cup: Sheffield Steelers Face Tough Opposition

The Sheffield Steelers head to Denmark in the Continental Cup

The Sheffield Steelers are gearing up for a trip to Denmark. We’re just one-week away from the third round of the Continental Cup, to be played at the Saxo Bank Arena. Steelers Hockey will be boosted by the return of Jöonas Ronnberg, he has agreed to play for the EIHL team during their three-game tour.

Game One Yunost Minsk – (Belarus): Friday 17 Nov | Face-Off 1500 GMT

Head coach Mikhail Zakharov (Belarus)

Team website

The Steelers first opponents sit second the Belarus Open League with a record of 16-1-0. Minsk have scored 47 goals in their last five matches and have a mind-blowing goal differential of +69, totalling 101 goals thus far.  The league looks like it will be a two-horse race for top-spot. Shakhter Soligorst leads the way, just two points ahead of Minsk. Head coach Zakharov was a Soviet and Belarusian hockey player and coach. Zakharov managed the Belarus team at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Player to watch

Maxim Parfeyevets #92 – The 25-year-old Left Wing has scored 16 goals and had 15 assists through 19 league games.

Game Two Rungsted Ishockey – (Denmark): Saturday 18 Nov | Face-Off 1845 GMT

Head coach Peter Johansson (Sweden)

Team website

The Continental Cup hosts are on a run of three unbeaten games and sit second in Denmark’s Metal Ligaen. A Rungsted record of 12-6-0 should give the Steelers some confidence of a win. Rungsted’s last game on the ice saw them sweep Hvidovre aside 7-1.

Player to watch

Robin Bergman #88 – Many of you will be familiar with Bergman. The 29-year-old played 30 games for Coventry Blaze, where he scored 18 goals and had 21 assists. Bergman is Rungsted’s top scorer with nine goals, he also has 10 assists in 17 league games.

Game Three Kurbads Riga – (Latvia): Sunday 19 Nov | Face-Off 1300 GMT

Head coach Aleksandrs Macijevskis (Latvia)

Team website

Kurbads Riga sits third in the Latvian league, with a record of 7-3-2. Kurbads were on a recent run of six games without defeat before narrowly losing out 2-1 to HK Zemgale.

Player to watch

Sandis Zolmanis #19 –  Zolmanis has scored eight goals and has had 11 assists in 12 games. The 23-year-old played over 90 games for the Soo Eagles in the NAHL from 2013-2015.

It’s going to be a tough schedule for the Steelers and their opponents. Group D looks interesting. The key to success could well be staying injury free and keeping the skaters out of the penalty box. Paul Thompson will be looking for a positive start on the continent. The Steelers are looking to emulate the success of the Nottingham Panthers, the first British winners of this competition.

The four group winners will reach the Continental Cup Final which will be held between 12-14 January 2018 – at the venue of one of the finalists.

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