Dogs turn their radar on Jets

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SLOUGH Jets ruined the start of the season for Sheffield Steeldogs.

In the first League game of the English Premier campaign, Jets recorded a comfortable 5-2 win at iceSheffield.

In the six games Dogs have played since then, form has been largely good , with Andre Payette’s men winning the last four.

Tomorrow they get the chance to exact revenge over Slough at home (7.30pm) - and a win would see them vault over the third-placed southerners in the table.

The game counts as a League/Cup fixture.

Payette says: “This weekend will prove crucial to obtaining one of the four slots in the Cup competition, so it is all to play for and I expect the team to be ready for Saturday and Sunday’s (Bracknell Bees, away,) games.

“Looking at Slough, they have been playing a very patient style of hockey as they like to sit five guys behind the puck and trap all night long and their transition game is one of the best in the league.

“So we must be prepared to break their trap and limit our mistakes. Slough always play with a bit of a physical edge and I’m sure that will suit us just fine.

“Bracknell Bees are on the same points as us but we have two games in hand over them.

“The game at the Hive on Sunday is also important as they beat us 2-4 on our home ice for Cup and League points, so we need to pull those two points back with our away game.”

The immediate threat facing Dogs is Jets’ 6ft 5ins Czech forward, Frantisek Bakrlik, who has iced for Elite sides Coventry, Hull and Fife.