Sheffield Steelers will make it up to DeCaro

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STRONG arm defenceman Chris Frank says he and his team-mates must make things right for goaltender John DeCaro this weekend.

Sheffield’s defensive units left him exposed in his last appearance, leading to the netminder being withdrawn from the heat of battle at Cardiff.

“We are definitely sorry that we let him down,” said Frank. “I can’t speak for the forwards but I know that the defence are there to protect him. We have to make sure he sees the puck, help clear the rebounds and make sure nobody is on top of him.

“But we let him down and that means we have to play a lot harder in the future to make it up.”

Frank said having a brief respite from action may have helped the overworked goalie and certainly aided the development of deputy Geoff Woolhouse who came in and made the most of his ice time.

Now Frank believes Steelers as a team should seize their own destiny, saying they are capable of finding a streak of form which will take them to Challenge Cup and Play-offs double.

“We have struggled in the last couple of weeks and we are not playing the way we want to or the way were doing around Christmas time. We are an older team with a lot of veterans but there are a lot of good players. We have had mental lapses which have cost us. We have struggled to adapt to other team’s styles when we have needed to.

“But we can do well from this point on.”

On Saturday, Steelers play at Coventry Blaze; the first match since Midlands boss Paul Thompson announced he is stepping down after 18 years to join a Swedish club.