Sheffield Steelers’ coach happy with freescoring forwards

Colton Fretter - Sheffield Steelers v Edinburgh Capitals 22/10/14
Colton Fretter - Sheffield Steelers v Edinburgh Capitals 22/10/14

Gerad Adams has no clue who will be Sheffield Steelers’ top scorer this year - and that’s a pleasing position to be in.

He knows it is going to be one of the three linemates Mathieu Roy, Michael Forney or Colton Fretter.

And Fretter’s credentials for the accolade were improved on Wednesday when he scored a hat-trick in the 6-2 win over Edinburgh Capitals.

“I have no idea who will be top scorer - that’s good, it’s never happened to me before!” said Adams.

“Fretter is doing well, but there is a lot more to come from him. He is now starting to be more comfortable in his surroundings; he is more aware of the opposing teams and what our league is all about. He quietly goes about his business and does the little things right and in a timely way. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time, and that comes through experience.”

The 32-year-old Canadian, who joined Sheffield from Klagenfurter AC in Austria in the Summer has scored seven points in his last three games.

The win over Capitals sees Steelers with 12 points from seven games. They remain in fourth position, three points behind leaders Braehead Clan, who have played two games more.

Adams’ team hosts Hull Stingrays at iceSheffield on Saturday - they cannot use the Arena because the surface is being painted for Disney on Ice. He hopes that defenceman Rod Sarich, used in a forward position on Wednesday because of the continued absence of injury victims Rob Dowd and Pascal Morency, will have a similar impact as he did against the Scots.

“It was good to play Roddy forward, it helps his conditioning” said Adams.

“He has done incredibly well since coming back from injury (leg fracture), he is not the type to let on if he is in pain.”

Steelers beat Hull twice in four days in October, 6-3 and 3-2. Forney and Jason Hewitt scored in both games.

* Two-way Steeler Luke Ferrara will play for Peterborough at Sheffield Steeldogs rink on Sunday, a game where U16 spectators go free. Jeff Legue returns from hamstring injury.