Tim Spencer fears that the Sheffield Steelers team of a month ago may not have been able to turn round the same 4-1 deficit that it managed last Sunday against champions Belfast Giants.
The winger feels the team has been mentally energised since former coach Doug Christiansen was replaced by Gerad Adams.
Sheffield clawed their way back to 4-4 at the Arena, before Chris Blight’s penalty shot ended a 16-game winning Giants run.
Spencer said it did not surprise him that they got back in the game despite being three goals adrift. “I wouldn’t say we probably could have done that a month ago, but G (Adams) has brought a different atmosphere, a different energy to the room, and guys have bought into what he has tried to teach us. He came in, shared his words of wisdom, and the guys bought in and we came out and we did what we had to do to win the hockey game.”
Ice warrior Spencer suggested that simplicity was the key to Adams’ regime. “It about less thinking - let’s just play the game again. It is quite simple when you play your position and you do the little things like getting the puck in and taking the body and putting pucks to the net.
“When you don’t over-think things it doesn’t over-complicate the game, it just makes everything easier.
“Before if the opposition scored we would get down, but now we just stick to our game plan knowing the goals will come. Maybe late in the third period but they will come. It doesn’t have to happen immediately.”
One black cloud from last weekend, was the 5-1 defeat at Hull on Saturday. Spencer admitted the team “underestimated” Hull and said: “It didn’t go our way, but it was great to see we can lose like we did there and come out and rebound with such a big win over Belfast.”