Steeldogs bank on fans in home double header

andre payette
andre payette

Kalcrest Sheffield Steeldogs hope that fan power will help them gain a double dose of New Year cheer at iceSheffield this weekend.

Andre Payette’s team face a home double header, against Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday (7.30pm) and Slough Jets 24 hours later (5.30pm) and the player-coach has sounded a ‘come on down’ message to the city’s ice hockey fans.

He said: “The second half of the season is always the toughest.

“And with the team continuing to punch above their weight, it will be all the harder for us.

“There are no easy games in this league and slipping up over a weekend can cost a few places in the table, especially as so many games are going to overtime with lower placed teams picking up at least a point a game.

“We have to continue to work hard and concentrate for the full 60 minutes but I have every confidence in my team.

“It should be a great weekend of ice hockey and it would be great if Sheffield fans came out in force to support us.”

Steeldogs will look to replicate their last two home wins against Peterborough and Telford over the festive period but it won’t be easy.

Peterborough will be determined to reverse last Monday’s 4-1 defeat and have a new face in their line up with Tom Carlon returning to his old club from Steeldogs’ Sunday competitors, Slough.

The Sheffield side will look to reverse their fortunes against the Jets on Sunday as Slough have beaten them in all three games so far this season, although the last encounter, was a very tight 1-0 home defeat.

There is a special discounted ticket offer in place for this weekend. If fans buy tickets for both games on Saturday, the prices are reduced.

For both games, tickets are priced at: Adult £15, Concessions £10, Child £5 (Under-8s free) and Family £36.

Single game prices: Adult £9, Concessions £6.50, Child £3.50 (U-8s free) and Family £20.

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After booking their place in the Cup semi-finals with victory over Peterborough, Steeldogs followed up with a 3-2 win over Telford Tigers.

That man Janis Ozolins opened the scoring and after Telford had levelled he set up Greg Wood to reclaim the lead at the start of the third period.

Edgars Bebris added a third a minute later and although Telford reduced the deficit Steeldogs took the points.

Ben Morgan was named Man of the Match.