Payette’s men get their fingers burned against Flames

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Sheffield Steeldogs gained two points from their double-header against Guildford Flames.

They won 3-2 last Saturday, courtesy of a penalty shoot out, but went down 3-4 to a club which spends considerably more on personnel.

Andre Payette’s side can be proud of the way they matched a more experienced team over 120 minutes.

On Saturday, they out-played the Flames but were on the receiving end 24 hours later.

Steeldogs took the lead at 13.28 on Sunday, with the goal of the season. Janis Ozolins scored a short-handed effort after turning Guildford’s defence inside out. Unfortunately he was almost immediately sent to the penalty box which allowed the Flames to equalise during a 5-on-3 powerplay via Nathan Rempel.

Edgars Bebris restored Dogs’ lead, which lasted until the 33rd minute, when Ozolins was again binned, with Rempel seizing the scoring opportunity on the PP. Flames took the lead for the first time over 101 minutes in a 2-1 period, and never looked back.

The third period saw Flames extend this further to 4-2. As frustration mounted on both sides, so did the penalty minutes, with Steeldogs bearing the brunt of them. After recent games with minimal penalty minutes, Steeldogs received a huge 103 minutes to 12 on Guildford overall, 93-8 in the final period alone, with Ben Morgan ejected from the game.

Pavel Gomeniuk scored Steeldogs third and final goal on the PP at 58.12 but they could not score an equaliser in the final minute, despite valiant efforts while short-handed. Lee Haywood was Sunday’s man of the match.