HE won all the plaudits.
And how the fans are going to love every moment that NHL ‘loanee’ Tom Sestito will play for Sheffield Steelers before the North American employment dispute is over and he returns to Philadelphia Flyers.
But for one member of the Steelers coaching staff, Sestito wasn’t the only skater who deserves credit for his performances.
“Rod Sarich played the best I have seen him play for a long time” said coach Neil Abel. “Maybe its because he is fit and confident now after coming through injury problems. His passing and skating were first class last weekend.”
Sheffield beat Belfast Giants on Sunday, but went down 4-2 at Fife Flyers - a dip in output that was not lost on Abel.
“We have to play 60 minutes a game” he said. “At Fife, we underestimated the opposition and it took us 40 minutes to get out of the starting blocks. We only started pulling in the right direction in the last period. But, for me, Belfast are the best team in the League and we deserved to beat them on Sunday.”
Steeler Danny Meyers thought forward Steven Goertzen also deserved credit for his display last Sunday. “Goertzen was terrific, I don’t think he lost a 50-50 battle. He seemed to be everywhere making smart plays and of course scoring the all important game winner,” he said.
“I think that’s the best I have seen him play; he certainly looks settled and an asset on the Tait-Legue line. He brings something different to them, he is just so smart and makes the right play every time.
“He might not be the flashiest player but there wasn’t a better player out there on Sunday. He never once failed to clear his zone and as a defenceman you want that from your forwards. He seems to have more time than most and in a split second can make his mind up.”