Mike Ramsay brought the house down with his game-winning goal against Cardiff Devils at Sheffield Arena.
And Steelers new winger is determined to enjoy that noisy sensation again. “The crowd here are awesome” says the Canadian forward, who has played the last three seasons in the Central Hockey League with Odessa Jackalopes.
“I was talking to Matt Stephenson and Colt King about the fans and we are all excited by the way they get behind the team. I played in West Texas where football is the number one sport and sometimes the crowds aren’t all that big. But here, the fans are much more noisy (4,817 on Sunday) and have the attitude that they just want to have fun.”
Ramsay’s goals, he scored two in six minutes against Devils, hopefully hint at better things to come from his line with Jeff Legue and Neil Clark, said the 27-year-old from Ontario. “It’s all been a learning curve but we are starting to get to know each other and there is more we can bring to the table.
“At times we have had lulls which have hurt us but other times when its been great. We just have to make sure we don’t get caught with our socks down and play consistently for 60 minutes.”
Ramsay admitted his team lapsed badly in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Cardiff. And while the conditions influenced the performance, they were no excuse, he said. “It is a tough building with an ‘unusual’ ice surface. Normally you’d expect bigger ice pads over here but that is the smallest one I have ever played in, in my life. But it is something we should have dealt and just played simple. We have to learn from what happened.”
Ramsay hasn’t seen all the other teams in the Elite division yet - and has little idea what to expect from Coventry Blaze when they arrive next Saturday. But he says: “I think we have got what it takes to win the league.”