Dogs stroll into second place

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SHEFFIELD Steeldogs are celebrating a successful three-games-in-four-days series which has seen them secure a second spot in the English Premier League.

Dogs took four points out of six, including a 4-1 win over Manchester Phoenix, the first time they have beaten Tony Hand’s team.

After that history-making win, Dogs beat Bracknell Bees 6-5, courtesy of a penalty shoot out but then ran out of steam to go down 5-2 at Peterborough Phantoms.

Saturday’s win was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Andre Payette’s team were 5-2 down going into the final period against Bracknell.

In the second period interval, Payette’s team talk did the trick and Janis Ozolins responded first, he scored one of his typical short-handed goals at 46:03.

This raised the home team’s spirits though it was another 10 minutes before Greg Wood grabbed a Power Play goal at 56:23.

The equaliser came at 57.05 after Ozolins was passed the puck behind the net and shot from a tight angle with the puck somehow squeezing into the net between the post and skate.

In the penalty shots, it was captain Greg Wood won the two points for Steeldogs.

Ozolins scored a brace the next evening, in the Phantoms defeat. In all, Latvian forward Ozolins enjoyed an eye catching 6+2 session over three games and Wood notched 4+4.

Dogs’ next home game is against Milton Keynes Lightning on Saturday (7.30pm) at iceSheffield, when the club is supporting The Children’s Hospital Charity.

The club is staging a ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ for the fans and are “hoping to bring in a big crowd to raise money for a great local charity.”

More details can be found on sheffieldsteeldogs.co.uk