Payette proud of tired troops

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SHEFFIELD Steeldogs’ Andre Payette declared himself a proud coach after his under-strength team took three points from last weekend’s games.

They won 5-4 in Basingstoke Bison on Saturday and then took league leaders Guildford Flames into overtime on Sunday, before going down by the same score.

Payett said: “I have never been so proud of my team with everyone stepping up to the challenge in two short-handed games while missing the league’s top scorer, Janis Ozolins. It’s been great to see the young Sheffield players stepping up, such as Ashley Calvert, and chipping in with some good goals. Ben Bowns had a great weekend. Overall, it has been a dream start to the season.

“Now we have some time off to take a breather before we hopefully pick up where we left off to make a run at the league in the New Year. My first main focus on our return is our Cup date on Friday December 30, against Peterborough Phantoms.”

Against Flames, Dogs were leading until the klast five minutes, when tiredness caught up with them.

Greg Wood had opened the scoring with a brace before Curtis Huppe got one back. Wood helped himself to a straight hat-trick but Nathan Remple closed the gap to 3-2. Ben Morgan made it four, but Flames scored two in 66 seconds, before getting the winner.