Sheffield Steelers: ‘We must behave ourselves’ skipper warns

Sheffield Steelers captain Steve Goertzen is under no illusion about the primary cause of the mixed results his team and Sheffield fans have had to endure so far this season.

He blames breaches of discipline which have allowed competitors to cash in on Power Play goals against his side.

Steve Goertzen - Nottingham Panthers v Sheffield Steelers 02/04/13

Steve Goertzen - Nottingham Panthers v Sheffield Steelers 02/04/13

Drew Fata copped for a 10 minute misconduct for abusing an official in the home defeat to Cardiff Devils on Sunday.

And, in the previous night’s match in Wales, Gord Baldwin suffered a similar fate.

Sunday’s game saw Sheffield penalised twice as much as Devils.

“Penalties let us down” accepts the Canadian forward.

“We need a bit more discipline, that is an area that has hurt us. We have a lot of five-on-threes (penalty kills) especially in the last couple of nights . It is definitely a part of the game we can clean up.”

Goertzen is one of the growing band of players within the squad wrestling with injuries.

He hurt his wrist, while Stefan Meyer and Jason Hewitt also joined the existing men (Lacroix, Langlais, Meyers, Woolhouse) on the injury list.

“I hurt it blocking a shot, it kind of caught me in a bad area” said Goertzen, who says the wounded list should not influence future games.

“It is tough when we are short on bodies for sure, guys have to take on different roles, but that is going to happen in a hockey season and you are going to have guys step up and play different roles. We have got to find a way to win games. Every day is a day to get better.”

Goertzen know how frustrating the three Arena home defeats have been for the fan base.

“It is important to everybody (in the locker room),” he said.

“Obviously the fans have been great, they support us through good times and bad and we really rely on them to give us energy.

“So obviously we want to give them a winning product out there.

“Unfortunately some of the home games haven’t gone the way we wanted to, so far.

“But we want to please our fans and they are a big part of what we do here.”

As for Saturday’s opposition, Coventry Blaze, the captain said: “They have an offensive squad, a great first line, probably one of the best in the league, they are dangerous players.

“But take away that first line and hopefully our depth will take over in the game.

“The league is getting tighter and tighter and every game is a must-win.

“Teams are going to come in here and give us a battle, so we have got to be ready for that and Coventry and no different.”