We can win Play Offs: Adams

Jonathan Phillips, Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze
Jonathan Phillips, Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze

Sheffield Steelers coach Gerad Adams believes his side have what it takes to end this rollercoaster of a season on a high, by winning the Play Offs.

Adams’ men stormed into a semi-final date with Braehead Clan on Tuesday night with a blistering display in a 6-1 (9-3 on aggregate) victory over a stunned Coventry Blaze.

Gerad Adams - Sheffield Steelers v Hull Stingrays 16/03/14

Gerad Adams - Sheffield Steelers v Hull Stingrays 16/03/14

Steelers haven’t been in a Play Off decider since 2009 when they defeated Nottingham Panthers but there is a firm belief in the camp that their relatively long wait long wait could be coming to an end.

Dustin Kohn was on target twice on Tuesday night, as was Robert Dowd, with Max Lacroix and Danny Meyers also contributing goals.

Now Steelers go into Saturday’s semi-final full of confidence with the coach leading the charge of positivity.

“There’s no reason why we can’t (win the play offs),” said Adams following his side’s win on Tuesday.

“It’s been our goal, our end goal and we’re on the right path, we’re heading in the right direction to accomplish that goal.”

Adams is also well aware that Steelers fans are begging for Play Off success having seen starved of glory on that front for five years.

“I think personally I’m just extremely happy to see how happy they are.

“It means a lot for people because they haven’t been there in a couple of years,” he said.

“I think the players have worked hard, they deserve to be there as well - it’s such a cool weekend for everyone to get to, so I’m just very happy for everybody.”

On opponents Braehead, Adams added: “They tend to sit back quite deep and we’re looking to get the puck up the ice as quickly as we can but they are very dangerous on the counter and if you give them an opportunity to score, they will.”