Steeldogs bid for berth in play-offs

Sheffield Steeldogs’ face a lung-busting three games in four days as they bid to keep their play-off hopes alive.

They face an away-day double-header weekend at Milton Keynes Lightning (Saturday) and Peterborough Phantoms, the latter match being one where hopefully Steeldogs can plunder some points.

Then next Tuesday they host Basingstoke Bison at iceSheffield (7.45pm) for which all kids go free. Since Andre Payette took charge, Steeldogs have had some tough, close-run games against the Bison and this will doubtless be no exception although the Sheffield side really need to pick up some points to take some heat out of the race for the final play-off spot.

At the moment they’ve a five point advantage over Bracknell and six ahead of Telford. Tickets available on the door, priced £8 adult, £6 concession.

Steeldogs lost by the odd goal in an 11-goal thriller against Bracknell. Janis Ozolins and Chris Sykes gave them a two-goal cushion but the Bees hit back to take a 3-2 lead and a goal from Stuart Brittle was sandwiched between two from the home side. Payette’s men fell further behind but goals from Payette and Johnson in the last five minutes almost saved it.

Payette and former Steeler Andrew Sharp clashed three times in the following night’s home match against Manchester Phoenix. Again Steeldogs took a two goal lead through Lloyd Gibson and Ozolins but that was to be the last goal action as the visitors cracked in five without reply.

It proved a night to remember for the Steeldogs Academy Under-10s and Under-12s B teams as they took centre stage with pre-game sessions on the ice.