Sport is full of clichés and ice hockey is no different.
But, by anybody’s standard, Gerad Adams had come out with a classic.
“If you are going to take a beating you might as well take a good one” he said referring to his first and only loss at Sheffield Steelers since taking over coaching duties from Doug Christiansen.
Steelers dipped 5-1 last Saturday at Hull Stingrays, a result nobody had seen coming after three straight wins under his command.
“At Hull, every time we made a mistake we got punished” said Adams. “That’s sport. It was a come-down as we had been flying for three games.”
Adams implied the size of the defeat may ultimately be a good thing - as Steelers skaters can plainly see they have to be on the top of their game if they are to be successful in the end of season series.
“The good thing about our play offs system is it goes down to two games and then the one game and I think we are the perfect team for that set-up” said the coach adding: “When we are on we are on!”
Adams, though, continues to draw attention to the team’s occasional mental lapses.
A few days into his reign, he revealed that problem in The Star and thinks it still remains a potential issue.
Of their mental frailty, he now says: “The guys need to be aware they are a good hockey team. Whatever it is, it is very contagious. The feel, the morale, the interest in competing at a high level... it is not an individual thing. That is usually where the issue is where guys dip off and you have to carry a few players. It is not that here at all.
“They are very much a team and when they are on they are on, when they off they all dip.”
Adams said this could only be confronted by clear channels of communication between himself and the players - and between the players themselves.