Sheffield Steelers gentle giant getting tougher

Gord Baldwin - getting heavy

Gord Baldwin - getting heavy

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Sheffield Steelers coach Gerad Adams goes into the Play Off qualifiers convinced his defence has strengthened around goaltender Frank Doyle.

Earlier this season, the blue line corps was not always as robust as they should have been at clearing the net.

But that is changing says Adams. “We are stronger in front of Frank now and Gord Baldwin has been a big part of that, he is more physical there as is Danny Meyers. We need to protect Frank - he is in great form so if we are more supportive of him that will give us a great chance.”

Former AHL player Baldwin, at 6ft 5ins, has not always been as dominating around the crease as people expected; but now he is clearly stepping up to the plate.

Injury and illness victims Chad Langlais and Drew Fata have trained this week and should be back in the line up tomorrow at Coventry Blaze.

And while Adams has yet to make up his mind which import he must sit out, it is unlikely to be captain Steve Goertzen, who played with such versatility at Hull last Sunday.

“He played a couple of shifts on defence for us and brings us speed and an offensive threat up front. He trains hard and is our captain - he is a big asset to us” said Adams.

The coach’s future at the club could depend on getting to the final four in Nottingham and doing well there.

But he is not spending too much mental energy thinking about that.

“Occasionally it crops up, but I shoot it out of my mind because I don’t want to be worried about anything - worrying is not going to help. And since my accident (badly broken leg after a roof fall)I have been looking at things in a different way.”