Goal avalanche on its way at iceSheffield rink in Steeldogs v Swindon game

Steeldogs fail to beat champions
Steeldogs fail to beat champions

Sheffield Steeldogs player/coach Greg Wood promises a goal-fest on Sunday.

The EPL side entertain Swindon Wildcats, who carry one of the most lethal offensive threats in the division. “With Swindon you can expect an exciting game” said Wood. “They are going to come here and try and attack. They’ve got fantastic scoring. They’ll go for it but they will open themselves up – it will be a high scoring match. We’ll need to tighten up defensively, we need to do better than last weekend but we are working on it and we can certainly put the puck away. We have the offensive talent to compete”.

Veteran net minder Stevie Lyle, a former long-serving Cardiff Devil and at 36 still a GB national team regular, has the ability to keep the Wildcats in with a

chance but it’s the offensive threat of Tomasz Malasinski, Jonas Hoog and player coach Aaron Nell that presents the most danger.

Last weekend was a tough one for Steeldogs as they ended up empty handed from games with champions Basingstoke and MK Lightning.

It was disappointing for Wood who had all five of his import stars on the ice for the first time since opening night.

He witnessed encouraging signs though: “All three of our forward lines were disrupted by the injuries and suspensions we had. It was great to have Pavel Mrna,

Adrian Palak and Donatas Kumeliauskas back but they’ll take time to build the chemistry, to build the on-ice connections.

“Despite that, some of the goals they scored were great – some absolute highlight reel moments and that’s with guys who still need time to get to match fitness.

It’s going to take a few games for them to get back to full form but there were lots and lots of positives”.

They’ll get a chance to turn the tables on the Lightning on Saturday before a Sunday visit from the Swindon

The Swindon game is at iceSheffield on Sunday (30th), face-off 5.30pm. Steeldogs will then have a rare Thursday night home game when the Bracknell Bees visit (November 3rd, 7.30 face-off).

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