The Lloydminster PWM Steelers are entering the regular season with momentum on their side after two pre-season wins against the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs.
With the pre-season behind them, the Steelers are looking to polish up a few aspects of their game to keep their hot streak alive well into November.
Head Coach Morgan Mann said while the team has come out of each contest victorious, he isn’t underestimating the Chiefs ability to quickly flip the script.
“We have a little bit of momentum, but of course it’s tight. Red Deer has a strong team, so we’ll look at some video this week and see some areas we can address and maybe improve on a little bit.”
One of the areas in mind is guiding the offence to create more high percentage scoring opportunities.
According to Mann, the Steelers attempted roughly 80 shots during their most recent contest, but just under half of those attempts actually counted as a shot on goal.
“We’re getting those chances, but now we need to focus on finishing them.”
As most teams typically begin to finalize their lineups ahead of the regular season, Mann will continue to make line changes as the team heads into the regular season.
He believes keeping the lines fluid not only gives the team the best chance to win, but will also make sure each player is prepared for the task should he call on their number.
“Nothing is set in stone. We want to be playing our best hockey at the end of the year. I think sometimes when we’re looking for wins, and we want to win and do the best we can on every outing. We have to make sure we are mindful of giving everybody opportunities so that we’re developing everybody.”
The Steelers host the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs in their first regular-season home game on Saturday, November 7 in the Servus Sports Centre Rusway Arena at 1:45 p.m.