Match of the season for Andre’s men

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Sheffield Steeldogs take on their biggest rivals, newly crowned EPL Champions Manchester Phoenix, in their last home game of this season, the Play-off Quarter Final tomorrow (7.30pm) at iceSheffield.

Their away leg is the following day in Manchester. Following a recent announcement from the EIHA waiving all current match bans for the Play-offs, Steeldogs Coach, Andre Payette is relishing the opportunity of challenging the top team in the League. However, the decree has the disadvantage of also letting Manchester’s player-coach, Tony Hand, off the hook to coach his team this weekend.

Payette is focussed on taking Steeldogs to the semi-final stage in Coventry. Despite only picking up the coaching mantle in January after a rollercoaster first season for the club, he feels this is a great achievement by the players to make it to the post season games.

He said: “These are our two biggest games of the season. We have a good chance against Manchester and it would be absolutely great if we could cause a huge upset here in front of a big home crowd’. Steeldogs have an even better chance of achieving this upset as they will have one of the best goalies in the Premier League, Swinton-born Ben Bowns, between the pipes. Bowns has been selected to play for the GB Senior team in the World Championships in Kiev later this month.