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Frank Doyle - man of the moment at Sheffield Steelers
Frank Doyle - man of the moment at Sheffield Steelers
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Gerad Adams believes a return to Sheffield Arena on Saturday - and the stellar form of goaltender Frank Doyle - will supercharge their early season form.

The Arena pad has been unavailable for use so far because of a structural fault, but Adams’ squad will entertain Cardiff Devils there this coming weekend.

The coach thinks playing there will bring “energy and enthusiasm” - especially from the new imports who have yet to even visit the building after playing at iceSheffield instead.

He said he couldn’t wait for this week’s training sessions. “The men who take care of the ice, take pride in it, it is going to be hard, fast ice for us.”

That would helpfully support a better passing game than they exhibited in last Saturday’s defeat at Nottingham, particularly.

It was critical to improve puck movement, after that 2-1 loss, a defeat Adams took partial responsibility bor.

“A lot of it has to come from me, maybe a little better communication (is needed,) but commuciation is a two-way street, the players have to recognise that as well.

“We have to be a little bit more in control of the game. Every team in the world wants puck possession but the one thing we have to focus on is tape-to-tape passes because when we chase the game it can really get stretched on us. So we need to focus on the passing.”

Adams said raising the Play Off winning banner at the Arena on Saturday would bring back motivating memories from last year and harness thoughts on replicating the win and collecting other silverware this season.

Steelers, who also visit Coventry on Sunday, will doubtless need another epic weekend from goalie Doyle.

“Your best player every night needs to be Frank Doyle and he is, he is a superb hockey player, we are lucky to have him” said Adams.

“I chased him last year (at Cardiff) he ended up here, I am so happy to work with him, he is an absolute superstar in our league. He is one of the best players in the league and he shows that night in night out.”