Steeldogs aim to shock Lightning

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Sheffield Steeldogs aim to halt a losing streak against in-form Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday.

They have lost the opening three games of this season’s six-match series against the fifth-placed team, so revenge will be uppermost in the iceSheffield showdown (5.30pm start).

Both teams have acquired new top players since their last confrontation, the Steeldogs with hot-shot Janis Ozolins and experienced defenceman Steve Duncombe, while Milton Keynes have recently signed a fifth import, highly-rated forward Blaz Emersic, who was Slough’s top scorer last season.

Lightning come to the city on a five match winning streak, while Steeldogs, who travel to Swindon on Saturday, will look to build on last Sunday’s two-point haul from their penalty shoot-out win at Bracknell.

Two goals from Ozolins and another from Craig Elliott put them well in command at Bracknell and although the home side pulled one back, Man of the Match Shaun Ashton restored the three-goal advantage. Steeldogs then allowed the Bees to plunder three goals to force the match into overtime. In a nerve-wracking finale neither team could break the deadlock and it took six pairs of penalties to decide the outcome.

Twenty four hours earlier, two goals in the final six minutes denied Steeldogs the points as they dipped to a 3-2 defeat at Peterborough Phantoms. Andre Payette had levelled the match up and Ozolins’ go-ahead goal had given them the lead.

Tickets for Sunday’s game are available on the night, price £8 adults, £6 concessions, £3 children (under-8s free) and £20 family.

More details on www.sheffieldsteeldogs.co.uk.