Sheffield Steelers: No apology from Doug

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Sheffield Steelers coach Doug Christiansen is making no excuses for his verbal attack on referee Mike Hicks .

The normally reserved head coach blew his top with the official on Sunday as his team were losing at home to Cardiff Devils.

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Christiansen escaped any disciplinary action from Hicks, who must have put it down to the heat of battle.

Christiansen explained: “As I saw it, (defenceman) Drew Fata was hooked extremely viciously in the slot with the puck on his stick. Drew was upset and he took a penalty and that got the ball rolling, that was a situation for us as a team.

“We (on the bench) needed to let them know and the referee know that we were frustrated and disappointed and we needed to get a little bit of a spark.

“Sometimes you have to lose it a little bit. I love what I do and I am passionate about it.

“Yet is a cerebral job, its not just a passionate job you have to be able to think and when you are screaming and yelling all the time it prevents you from thinking.

“But sometimes you just have to let things out!”

Christiansen is more concerned with trying to get his team to play consistently throughout an entire game.

“There is no question we have to be a 60-minute hockey team, not just here but on the road, everywhere.

“That is something that has plagued us so far.”

Christiansen accepted the side had to start winning games at the Arena.

“You do have you win your home games, you do want your fans to cheer you on to victory and unfortunately that hasn’t happened at the Arena so far,” he said.

But he wouldn’t blame injuries to the likes of Danny Meyers, Chad Langlais and Max Lacroix.

Sheffield Steeldogs beat Telford Tigers away 5-2 on Sunday, but lost 6-2 the night before at home to Guildford Flames.