From the diabolical to the superb ... that was the incredible match that was for Kalcrest Sheffield Steeldogs.
Three goals down in the opening 10 minutes of their match at Telford, Steeldogs reduced the gap through player-coach Andre Payette just before the end of the first break.
Whatever the unhappy Payette said had the marked effect as Steelers peppered the Telford goalie with 23 shots in the next 20 minutes scoring three goals in the process but still without taking the lead.
Greg Wood made it 3-2 but the home side restored their two goal advantage before Janis Ozolins pulled another one back a minute late only for Telford to again reply.
Edgar Bebris reduced the deficit and then Woods buried the equaliser at 44.44. Man of the Match Ozolins then put Steeldogs ahead for the first time and completed his hat-trick to seal a memorable 7-5 victory.
The two Cup points gained kept the team’s hopes of a semi-final berth alive and tonight’s match in Manchester will be crucial. Steeledogs were disappointed not to break their duck against their northern rivals when they went down 3-2 at iceSheffield 24 hours before the Telford thriller. Ozolins and Wood got their goals. “We were disapointed with the result against Phoenix but hopefully we will bounce back tonight,” said Payette.
“What can I say about the Telford match?
“We were diabolical in the first period but in the second and third I felt we played the best we have all year. It was really important to get the Cup points in that game,” he added.
Steeldogs host Bracknell Bees at iceSheffield on Saturday (7.30pm).
The Bees, who have former Steeler Martin Masa in their ranks, have claimed some good wins off top teams and been involved in some high scoring games. However Steeldogs picked up the points in a low-scoring 2-1 on-the-road win last month and will look to make home advantage count this time round.
Tickets will be on sale on the door priced at: Adult £9, Concession £6.50, Child £3.50 (Under-8s free), Family £20. For more details go to www.sheffieldsteeldogs.co.uk