MIKE RAMSAY has pledged to continue giving 100 per cent to Sheffield Steelers after finding himself moved on to a new line formation.
The club’s second-top scorer had been on the “top line” alongside Colt King and Jeff Legue for most of the season but his right wing spot was awarded to Luke Fulghum in Tuesday’s victory over Fife Flyers.
Instead, he played alongside Neil Clark and Jason Hewitt, a unit that accounted for three goals.
“I’m not sure what the (coach Ryan Finnerty’s) thinking was, we didn’t go into it when we found out about it at the morning skate,” he said.
“Some times offence can go dry and maybe he wanted to mix things up and see what different lines can do,” added the 27-year-old Canadian forward.
“Luke and I are pretty interchangable on the right side and Ryan obviously wanted to try that and I am happy to fit into any situation.
“All I try to do is work hard and help my team mates.”
Clark has played the last six games, having been forced out of the side, by selection and club suspension for the previous 11 matches.
On Tuesday, he scored two goals and one assist. Overall this season, he has played 30 games, with a score tally of 15+12 and 22 penalty minutes.
“Clarkie has responded really well since he got back in the team,” said Ramsay. “He has been working hard, shooting, scoring and going to the net. He has been very effective.
“Neil has made it hard on Ryan if Ryan was thinking of sitting him out again as he is really helping the team out. I think he deserves his spot.”
Ramsay and his team-mates built a 5-0 lead against Fife earlier this week, but then failed to score in the second half of the match.
Ramsay said: “I’m not sure why we didn’t build on that, we made plenty of chances, we just didn’t get them in the net. We didn’t bear down and capitalise on our opportunities.
“There have been too many times when we have allowed lower-end teams to stay in the game and made it closer than it should have been. We’ve beaten all the bottom sides but, really, not been too hard on them. Tuesday was a positive experience, but there is work still to be done.”
Steelers play at on-form Braehead Clan tomorrow.