Sheffield Steelers engine is running smoothly - and has just needed a spot of maintenance on the drive towards the Play Offs.
The club has been on a high since winning the League title last weekend, following a long and gruelling campaign. Training and recuperation has been tightly controlled to ensure there is no burn out against qualifier rivals Fife Flyers tomorrow and Sunday.
Coach Gerad Adams explained: “The players have been in great spirits and they deserve to be, the title was well deserved. We were back on the ice from Tuesday and the tempo has been really good. But while the pace is fast for 35-45 minutes the emphasis at this point of the season is just maintenance really. Stretching and resting is as important as anything as a lot of healing has got to be done.”
Adams has been proud of the way his team has looked after their nutritional needs this season and believes they have enough left in the tank to get past Fife at Kirkcaldy tomorrow and at home on Sunday, achieving a spot in the semi-finals at Nottingham. It now seems certain that both Gord Baldwin will join Tomas Petruska out of the line-up for the season finale. Baldwin has an “upper body injury,” while the Slovakian has had an operation after his hamstring appeared to have been torn away.
“I am not sure whether Gord will be available” said Adams “but we are probably looking at three or four months rest now for Tom. It is a shame because he has been fabulous since he came.”