Sheffield Steeldogs manage one road win out of two

Absentee: Dmitri Rodin
Absentee: Dmitri Rodin
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MIXED results meant Sheffield Steeldogs continue to find the form required to move away from the bottom reaches of the English Premier League.

Andre Payette’s men lost 4-2 at Milton Keynes Lightning on Saturday, but then won 3-1 at Telford Tigers.

Dogs had been down to three imports with Dmitri Rodin unable to travel and Ashley Calvert also out with an injury for the Saturday match.

Rodin was back in the line-up at Telford on Sunday while James Flavell took a well-earned rest.

Steeldogs took the lead at Telford through Derek Campbell, assisted by Greg Wood and Ben Morgan at 27:04. They went 2-0 up at 31:25 as Stuart Brittle found the back on a play featuring Lloyd Gibson and Pavel Gomeniuk.

Tigers halved the lead at 35:38, with a goal by Ryan Selwood.

Steeldogs outshot the Tigers in each period although the third period was much closer. Despite Tigers increasing the pressure on Flavell, he rebuffed all shots and a solitary goal by Gibson (assisted Wood and Campbell) at 58:13 sealed a much needed win for Sheffield.

In contrast, on Saturday, the game was feistier and more penalty strewn, resulting in four of the six goals being scored on the powerplay, Steeldogs took the lead at 13:08, an even-handed goal by Edgars Bebris.

But Dogs struggled, Flavell keeping them in the game turning aside 21 shots on target in one period alone.

Steeldogs scored a scorcher from Steve Duncombe at 44:03 but it was not enough to claw Payette’s side back into contention.

The team’s next home game is Tuesday December 4.