Braehead facing massive Sheffield test

Braehead Clan assistant coach Richard Hartmann says he’d never saw a game like the one when Sheffield Steelers were last in Glasgow.

The Elite League champions are back in town just five weeks after a 9-8 epic in front of the Scottish crowd that saw Paul Thompson’s men nick the game in overtime.

Hartmann believes facing the Steelers again represents a massive test for his team ahead and believes confidence is the key.

He said: “The last time Sheffield were here, it was a really, really crazy game and I don’t remember ever seeing a game like that in my life.

“I can appreciate, maybe for the fans that they got to see a lot of goals that night, but for us, it was frustrating as we were three goals ahead, but ended up losing the game.

“Sheffield have good form and this is a team we are challenging so it’s always a good test for us, especially after we’ve beaten them since.

“It’s all about getting confidence back and after going 1-0 down at Edinburgh on Sunday, we came back and were unstoppable after that.

“That’s the big key for us as well as making the guys understand the game plan and what we expect from them. It’s a massive game for us and a win would undoubtedly give us a boost.”

Clan go into Saturday’s game on the back of a whopping 10-2 victory over Edinburgh Capitals, where Chris Bruton netted four goals and there was a hat-trick for Scott Pitt.

Hartmann coached the Caps between 2011 and 2015 before signing on as Ryan Finnerty’s right hand man during the summer.

The Slovakian admitted he had no sympathy for current Capitals coach Riley Emmerson, insisting he was focused more on Clan’s performance.

He added: “I didn’t feel sorry for Riley Emmerson or anyone at Edinburgh after last week’s game. It’s what happens in the game.

“I don’t think they would have felt sorry for me so why would I feel that way towards them? They lost and we won, which is good for us after Saturday’s defeat.

“When I was at Edinburgh, I had no view on Braehead as an opponent as I focused more on what I was doing with the Caps and my team.

“Now it’s the other way round and I’m concentrating fully on what we do here at Braehead rather than old teams.”

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