STEELERS goalie John DeCaro admitted the nature of his side’s defeat at the hands of Belfast Giants had given him and his team a “reality check.”
The champions were not just beaten 4-2, they were overwhelmed by the league leaders. DeCaro admitted Giants had dominated up to 90 per cent of the play. “I wasn’t shocked just disappointed about how it went” he said. “Yes it was a reality check but we haven’t been playing all that well for the previous 10 games (all wins) so maybe this has come at the right time.”
Asked about the way Giants controlled Steelers two top offensive players Jeff Legue and Mike Ramsay, DeCaro said: “I don’t want to sound bad but I don’t remember anything they did. How many shots did we have?”
In fact, Steelers had a paltry 17 shots compared to Belfast’s 44. It shows how one-sided the defeat was in a game in which Giants served twice as many penalty minutes. But it is not too late for the champions to get back into contention, they still have six games in hand, trailing Giants by nine points.
Third place Steelers are also two points behind Nottingham Panthers, who have beaten them four times so far this season. “We now just have to work hard and start winning all the games in hand we have,” concluded the goalie.
Team-mate Ashley Tait agreed: “The last time we lost a game we bounced back with nine or 10 wins.
“That’s what we will try and do this time. Belfast pressed us hard and didn’t give us any time.
“We made things worse for ourselves by trying to be individual. That isn’t going to work against Belfast.”
Giants players partied after the win. Adam Keefe tweeted that they team were following up the “big win” with ‘Beers on bus go round an round’ adding: “I’ll take the 12pims and the 2points.” Jeff Mason also tweeted “Great win for the Belfast Giants. 4 pt weekend for the boys!”
And Rob Dowd added: “Massive win for the boys.”