Ice Hockey Column: Adams’ family need to find consistency

Gerad Adams
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What a difference a week makes. This time last week, the Steelers were coming off the back of a four-point weekend and stood at the top of the EIHL table.

Now, seven days later, they are licking their wounds having being embarrassed in Coventry last Saturday, losing 6-2.

They did bounce back the following evening and collected a hard-earned point in Belfast but the reality is that one-point weekends don’t win you championships.

What was worse was that this Saturday’s visitors to the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham Panthers, picked up all four points on offer to them and moved to the top of the table, a single point ahead of the Steelers.

It makes Saturday’s fixture against the Panthers even more mouth-watering.

First-against-second, a game for top slot. Saturday’s game at the Arena will be the 100th fixture between the two sides played in Sheffield.

The Steelers have the winning hand, picking up 66 home victories with to 28 losses and five draws. More than ever, the Steelers need to ensure that game number 100 goes down as win number 67.

Interestingly, Colton Fretters number is 67 - how about the game winner from him?

If the hockey gods are reading this, please...Gerad Adams will have on show new signing Danny Bois, who has only played one period of hockey since arriving three weeks ago. He picked up an injury at the end of the first period in Braehead and hasn’t been seen since.

Bois will be an important player for Adams. Everything you read about Bois, or are told about him, suggests he is a real man, a proper bloke and a player who will bring an edge to the Steelers’ game. A player who will finish his hits and take no nonsense.

Speaking with Adams earlier, he mentioned to me that he hoped that Bois would bring consistency, now that’s the one thing the Steelers haven’t been yet this season.

Brilliant, at times. Offensive, at times. Quite shocking, at times. But consistent? Not yet.

The Steelers coach knows he is almost there on a team that can challenge for a title, but he also knows that the achilles heel that showed up in Nottingham last month and Coventry last week can’t keep occurring.

My view is that Adams doesn’t want to make a change; he likes this group, but he won’t have the slightest hesitation of wielding the axe if consistent performances don’t become the norm in the weeks ahead.

Dustin Kohn is at 50/50 ahead of the weekend’s games. He will have a scan this week to see if his injury has cleared up enough for him to play against the Panthers on Saturday.

He has been missed in his absence.

Steelers v Nottingham Panthers is this Saturday at the Arena, face off 7pm.