Sheffield Steelers forward Eric Neiley has been awarded the Elite League Player of the Week for week ending 25th March 2018.

Paul Thompson’s side firmed up third place in the final standings with three wins to set up a PredictorBet Play-off Quarter Final with Guildford Flames.

And Neiley played a key role in helping the Steelers achieve this with five goals and two assists across the week.

Head coach Thompson was pleased to see his man pick up this week’s award as he hit a good run of form at a crucial tome of the season.

“Eric has had a great couple of weeks, scoring and playing hard. It’s nice to see him getting him rewarded for his efforts,” Thompson said.

“He’s done well recently and was in the thick of the action throughout the week.  His contribution was valuable as it helped us take third spot.”

Neiley arrived at the club at the turn of the year and has made 28 appearances, scoring 11 goals and adding 11 assists

This week, he picked up the assist on Colton Fretter’s only goal in Sheffield’s slender 1-0 win over Fife Flyers.

Then he picked up a hat-trick of goals and an assist in Steelers’ 11-2 thrashing of Edinburgh Capitals before scoring twice on Sunday in a 5-2 win over Manchester Storm.

Neiley is the second player from the Steelers to have won the award this season, after netminder Ervins Mustukovs, who has won it twice in this campaign.

PHOTO: Dean Woolley


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