Steelers coach Doug Christiansen has spoken to Dustin Kohn and his teammates about the value of personal and team discipline after the player was banned for cross-checking an opponent to the head.
Kohn has missed 15 matches through injury is his maiden season with Sheffield - and is now serving a for three match suspension for his assault on Nottingham Panthers’ Robert Farmer -whom he hit on the helmet visor.
It means Steelers will be undermanned during trips to Braehead Clan tonight and Cardiff Devils tomorrow.
Asked about the severity of Kohn’s ban, Christiansen said: “We have got [disciplinary] tariffs in our league.
“If you have a hit to the head its an automatic three match ban; there is no negotiating, no appeal, it is what it is and once that’s the ruling there is nothing you can do.
“One of the things we have to talk about and deal with is making sure that we have all our players in the line-up.
“We addressed it [the cross checking incident] both individually and as a team.
“We just said we need to make sure we stay disciplined, stay the course and not allow things to get out of our hands with suspensions.”
The Steelers boss said he was relieved to see his team among the goals on Thursday, a 6-3 win over Hull Stingrays.
He said: “We were up 6-1 and generated a lot of scoring chances.
“The [Jason] Hewitt line dominated them...it is good to get our offence and scoring from a lot of different places.”
He applauded Jonathan Phillips’ cracking goal, a shot from the right wing, but added that Jason Hewitt and Phil Hill had been driving the net at the time, so they would have been in the right spot for any rebound.
Now his focus is on tonight’s meeting with Ryan Finnerty’s Braehead, who have won twice in Sheffield this season.
The game, he said, was “an opportunity to get tied with them in the standings and with regulation wins we’d be ahead of them so that’s very important.
“It is a very difficult building to go to, I suspect they will have big crowd, they had their first ever sell-out the other night.”
Christiansen said his team had to be “way better” than in their previous two meetings, but form was encouraging.
“We are working harder, got healhtier, got [Rob] Dowd back in the line up, the pieces that were missing were important pieces and the guys are buying in and continuing to compete,” he said.