Fanning the Flames for revenge bid

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Hit and miss Kalcrest Sheffield Steeldogs face a iceSheffield double-header showdown against Guildford Flames this weekend.

Andre Payette’s team go in search of revenge and also look to make amends after losing their unbeaten home record to Telford Tigers.

Steeledogs will certainly not want a repeat of the Telford clash when they squandered a three goal lead as the result of a nightmare third period. The visitors clawed their way back into the match, netting an equaliser in the closing seconds to push the match into nail-biting overtime and then penalty shots, which Telford finally won.

Janis Ozolins scored two of the Sheffield side’s goals in normal time and Payette got the other.

However, Steeldogs bounced back 24 hours later with a resounding 5-2 victory at Peterborough. The Phantoms went ahead after just two minutes but Ozolins levelled it up with a trademark short-handed goal and then Lee Haywood put them ahead.

Peterborough made it all-square at 2-2 in the 27 minute but Man of the Match Ben Morgan restored Steeldogs lead three minutes later and they then went on to seal victory with further goals from Lloyd Gibson and Pavel Gomeniuk.

Payette said; “I thought we were pretty poor against Telford , though we did at least gain one point. These things happen but it was not what I was expecting after being 3-0 up at the end of 40 minutes and I was really disappointed with our third period performance.

“We responded in fine style at Peterborough. The game never looked in doubt and we played hard for the full game. We were all over4 the ice and maybe could have won by seven or eight goals.”

Their three point weekend means Steeldogs are third in the table, just a point behind joint leaders Milton Keynes Lightning and Slough Jets.

Maximum points from their double home test against the Flames tops the agenda but it will be far from easy. Steeldogs suffered a 3-0 shut out at Guildford recently although the visitors have lost out to some lower-placed teams already this season.

Two players with Sheffield connections, David Longstaff and Matt Towe will be back in town along with a number of experienced imports so there should be some on-the-ice fireworks.

Saturday’s match starts at 7.30pm with Sunday’s ice-off at 5.30pm and children go free to both games. Adults £9 and concessions £6.50.

There’s a chance to win a player’s shirt in a free draw raffle - Payette’s shirt on Saturday and Gomeniuk’s on Sunday.

Go to www.sheffieldsteeldogs.co.uk for more details.