Nobody likes being out injured. But a spell on the sidelines has given Sheffield Steelers defenceman Dustin Kohn the opportunity to appreciate the versatility of team-mate Tim Spencer.
Spencer, a 6ft 2ins left wing known more for rampaging offensive play, comes from a background of fights and penalty minutes in the AHL and ECHL. But injuries to Kohn, Danny Meyers and Chad Langlais have forced Spencer to become a makeshift D-man.
Kohn, speaking on video at thestar.co.uk said: “He has done a great job. Spence is known for his toughness the way he has played in the last few years in north America, but he can also play and that’s one of the big things about Spence. He is tough and he has that presence and makes it easy for our guys to play a physical brand of hockey. But he has done a great job playing D and can also handle the puck and make plays as well.”
Kohn, who hopes to return tonight at Belfast Giants from ankle injury, believes a turning point of the early season for Sheffield was a 4-3 defeat at Dundee Stars, last month.
“We were 3-0 down but battled back, we ended up not winning but we controlled most of that game, for the second half of the game we were all over them. We learned never to quit, there can be a three goal swing in this League in one period so have to remember we are never out of a game.
“And when we do have the lead we have to be protective of it and finish teams off.”
Referring to tomorrow’s home date with Cardiff Devils, he said: “They are a good hard working physical team and have guys that score.
“We beat them once they beat us once, so we will be ready for them. They are going to bring their best game.”
Steelers will hope they do a better job containing Mac Faulkner tomorrow - he scored twice in nine minutes on the Power Play against them on September 29.