Sheffield Steeldogs boss Andre Payette may force changes

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ANDRE PAYETTE is considering “changes” to his Sheffield Steeldogs’ line-up after being humiliated 9-1 at Manchester Phoenix.

He has been looking at the goaltending position and is to sign James Flavell, formerly of Billingham.

In the Manchester debacle, last Sunday, he hooked netminder Dmitry Zimozdra in the second period, in favour of Bradley Day. But Day conceded four goals and Zimozdra was re-installed for the last session.

Payette said: “We got behind early on and then were shell-shocked by fire-power of Manchester in the second. We couldn’t respond though we re-grouped for the third and didn’t concede any more. It was a bad day at the office. We now need to re-focus and make changes as we have two big home games this weekend with the Elite League largely in shut-down.

“We are hoping for two big crowds to get behind these Sheffield guys and get us through this really bad patch.”

Steve Duncombe scored the solitary goal at Pheonix.

Steeldogs had more luck against Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday, winning 4-2

Peterborough was first on the scoresheet on a PP but Lloyd Gibson levelled. Steeldogs then took the lead as Edgars Bebris scored from an almost impossible angle on the goal-line at 19:49 while his team were short-handed.

Greg Wood gave the home team a two goal cushion, which was maintained until Luke Ferrara reduced it at 54:29. Dogs never looked in danger of losing but less than two minutes later, Bebris notched his second of the night at 56:26.

Tom Squires is to join Hull Stingrays full time.