Sheffield Steelers: Coach Gerad Adams gets off to a flyer

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Two weekend wins and a team that is suddenly finding itself - not a bad start for Gerad Adams as new coach for Sheffield Steelers.

He presided over two convincing performances at home and away to keep Sheffield in second place in the League ahead of the Play Offs.

Jason Hewitt scores for Sheffield Steelers against Cardiff Devils

Jason Hewitt scores for Sheffield Steelers against Cardiff Devils

He declared it a “fantastic weekend” but insisted work needed to be done before the end of season championship.

Devils had certainly seemed suitable opponents for Adams, who spent half the season as their coach before being dethroned in December. After losing to Nottingham Panthers in the Challenge Cup semi final last month, Sheffield had taken out their pre-Christmas frustrations on Devils, hammering the Welsh fall guys 7-1.

Last night, Sheffield were full of energy and pace in the first 20 minutes, the jet heels of Rob Dowd and Jonathan Phillips, in particular, leaving markers in their wake.

They went ahead after 59 seconds. Danny Meyers, on his first shift, smashed home from the right point.

Five minutes later Phillips scorched down the left and unselfishly set up Jason Hewitt for 2-0.

The goals bred even more enthusiasm - each skater seemed bursting to get off the bench and join the play.

Devils had one chance, blasted over by Max Birbraer. They had to dig deep to avoid more goals at the other end, Drew Fata hitting the post.

Chris Blight reflected the enthusiasm in team with a rink length attack through Devils’ defence.

Whether Steelers dropped their tempo, or Devils asserted themselves more is not clear, but the second session was a slightly different story.

Markus Rama shot past Frank Doyle, who may have been unsighted by Nate DiCasmirro, at 26;03.

And the Welsh threatened to level until Max Lacroix scored a timely third, with 11 seconds of the period left, and from a smart pass from Jeff Legue.

Two stunning goals in 33 seconds reassured the Arena crowd victory was their’s.

Phil Hill, playing with more confidence than at any time since he re-signed, thrashed in a left wing shot before Blight did the same from the other side of the sheet.

It was getting all too easy and a spot of complacency around Sheffield’s net let in Birbraer for Devils’ second.

But Hewitt’s second of the night ensured a 6-2 scoreline.

*Adams debut match in command of Steelers started badly - but ended in unexpected glory!

Sheffield had lot three times at Nottingham this season, shipping in 19 goals in that spell.

And it didn’t look promising for Adams, when Sheffield went 2-0 down inside nine minutes, Matt Francis and David Clarke catching the visitors cold.

Adams called his first Time Out and his charges responded. Tim Spencer fired past Craig Kowalski at 36.01 and the visiting fans had to wait until 57.01 for Stefan Meyer to equalise.

Blight and Lacroix scored the penalty shots that brought the two points to herald in the new era.

n Sacked Steelers coach Doug Christiansen is thought to be about to take the job as bench coach at Dundee Stars.