GOALIE John DeCaro is enjoying a new level of protection in his job.
The arrival of mean defenceman Chris Frank on Sheffield Steelers’ blue line has seen a much more robust way of dealing with encroaching enemy forces.
DeCaro’s philosophy is simple: if he can see the puck, he has a good chance of stopping it. “It’s been a pleasure playing behind Chris,” said the 30-year-old American, who currently has a 91 per cent save ratio.
“In my 18 months with Sheffield, we haven’t had a defenceman with such a physical presence.
“He communicates well and makes sure he is effective when it comes to clearing the net. I thought he did well, last weekend.
“If Sami Rhyhanen (Dundee Stars’ top scorer) or anyone else comes near the crease tomorrow, they are going to have to accept a fair amount of punishment.”
Sheffield play back-to-back games against the Scots, the home leg tomorrow.
They MUST win - they have three defeats out of the last four games.
In the two previous matches against Stars, Steelers have won, but only by an overtime goal (4-3 and 5-4.)
Rhyhanen scored a hat-trick in the first game and a single in the second.
Ex Steeler Marc Lefevbre, now head coach with the Federal League Dayton Demonz in Ohio, USA, have inquired about Colin Shields’ availability.