Dogs lose proud home record, but at least salvage away win

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SHEFFIELD Steeldogs bounced back from their first home defeat of the season to win at Peterborough Phantoms.

Andre Payette’s men had lost in overtime (3-4) to Telford Tigers at iceSheffield but put in a better display to win by a handsome 5-2 in Cambridgeshire.

Payette said: “I thought we were pretty poor on Saturday for our first home defeat, though we did at least gain one point.

“These things happen but it was not what I was expecting after being 3-0 up at the end of 40 minutes and I was really disappointed with our third period performance.

“On Sunday we bounced back well and the whole team contributed offensively. The game never looked in doubt and we played hard for the full game. We were all over the ice and maybe could have won by 7 or 8 goals. At least we got a three point weekend and remain near the top of the league.”

In Peterborough, Phantoms took an early lead, however, Steeldogs started the fight back with Janis Ozolins collecting the puck off Lloyd Gibson during a penalty kill and weaved his way through all the Phantoms players to equalise with his trade-mark short-handed goal.

Lee Haywood lifted the puck over the prostrate goalie to gain a 2-1 lead yet Phantoms equalised. Ben Morgan, Lloyd Gibson and Pavel Gomeniuk scored the other goals.