BOISE-- The Idaho Steelheads could use a burst energy to get back on track against the Alaska Aces. The Steelheads currently trail Alaska 0-2 in the best of seven series. One player that could give the Steelheads some energy is enforcer Adam Huxley. The forward may not be the team's leading scorer, but he does play a pivotal role in its success. "My job is to create room for other guys, to be that in your face, no time in space," Huxley said. "If you can chip in offensively, then great. Our job is to shut down their top lines, or make their "D" think twice about going back for the puck, or whatever. Whoever I'm going against, I'm going to try to make them pay the price physically if they want to play a skilled game."
Another part of Huxley's job description is a making sure that opposing players are held accountable for their actions. That may require him to "drop the gloves" and fight.
"When something needs to be taken care of, he understands that," Steelheads head coach Hardy Sauter said. "He's very rarely an instigator of anything. He's usually just sticking up for a teammate or himself."
"If someone takes a liberty on you teammate, just like the regular season or anything else, you're going to go out there and rectify the situation," Huxley said.
While some hockey fans don't like fighting and others cheer for it, Huxley says he is not afraid to let opponents know how he feels about the issue.
"I have no problem fighting you, I'm not afraid of you. So yeah, it's just like 'hey you want to go.' And then it's on, and you square off or whatever. You want to send that message sometimes, and I'm sure Alaska is going to see a little of it tomorrow."