Sheffield Steelers must find cohesion at Belfast Giants

Jef Legue and Jonathan Phillips
Jef Legue and Jonathan Phillips
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It was the the biggest crowd in Elite League history.

A total of 8,864 party-minded revellers were in Sheffield Arena on Boxing Day - most hoping to see Gerad Adams’ side underline their title credentials.

Instead, Nottingham Panthers (of all people) brought Steelers down to earth with a hefty bump and a resounding 4-0 defeat.

The following day was closer, at the NIC, but Panthers prevailed again.

The only glimmer of festive light was that Steelers remained top of the league, despite the losses.

But it puts extra pressure on them during the back-to-back games at reigning champions Belfast Giants.

It is never easy to win there, but a loss, or two, without overtime points, could put a different complexion on the side Adams has put together.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

But it is clear Adams has got a big challenge ahead of him making all his lines click.

He has singled out Danny Bois and Tyler Mosienko as players who need goals, and moved Rob Dowd down a line.

If that chemistry works, then Steelers won’t have long to wait until they can wreak revenge on Nottingham - the giants meet again on January 10.

Jason Hewitt, such a firebrand for Sheffield, should be back in the line up at the Odyssey Arena.

He is by no means a goalscorer - but his energy and drive is a model to follow for the rest of the team as they head into 2015.