Sheffield Steelers: playing for the coaches

Frank Doyle save at Coventry Blaze
Frank Doyle save at Coventry Blaze
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Improved form has not only kept Steelers’ fans happy - it has also helped the career longevity prospects of coaching duo Doug Christiansen and Marc Lefebre.

The pair were the target of some hostility from some supporters; they had to take the heat for some dodgy results.

But two Christmas wins over Nottingham Panthers and a sequence which brought nine points from a possible 10 has given supporters something else to think about.

Goalie Frank Doyle is delighted about the positive vibes surrounding the camp. He said the players had recognised the pressure that Christiansten and Lefebvre had been facing. “Obviously we were not performing to the level we were capable of and obviously everybody in our (dressing) room likes Doug and Favour and wanted to play for them. They brought a lot of us in so we are glad we put this run together.

“We lost some games, but maybe it looked worse than it was - if Belfast hadn’t been winning so many games, then it wouldn’t have looked so bad. They haven’t had a slump all year, so from everybody else’s perspective, we’re hoping they will soon” said Doyle

“But we have shown what we can do against the best teams in the League and the Nottingham wins helped us pull though and gave us some confidence.”

Doyle, half way through a two-year MBA at Sheffield University, doesn’t expect an easy task against Coventry Blaze on Saturday, despite the fact they have been on a losing spiral. “You cannot take them lightly. They have Ryan Ginand, who leads the league in points, and their goalie (Mike Zacharias) seems to play well against us. They have had problems with injuries but we have to worry about doing all the things that we have been doing lately, to get the win.”