Sheffield Steeldogs: Pavel leaves but Payette’s troops claim two victories

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SHEFFIELD Steeldogs overcame the departure of Ukranian defenceman Pavel Gomeniuk - one of several to have left the EPL club recently - to enjoy a four-point weekend.

The 34 year old joined rivals Slough Jets, whose coach Slava Koulikov said: “When I heard he was available I jumped at the chance”

Despite that, Dogs won 6-4 at Telford on Saturday and 3-2 at home to Milton Keynes the next day.

The MK match saw a fight between Andre Payette and Leigh Jamieson; player coach Payette the victor.

In the ensuing penalty kill for Steeldogs, MK went ahead.

An equalising goal early into the second period was credited to Edgars Bebris, assisted by Lubomir Korhon.

The third period was nip and tuck after Steeldogs took the lead at 42:29 though Andrew Hirst,.

The pressure was lifted slightly at 50:24 as Lloyd Gibson was finally rewarded with a PP goal after some previous chances had been blocked, assisted by Duncombe and Wood.

Milton Keynes contined to pressure the Steeldogs though and when Kamil Tvrdek pulled it back to a one-goal game at 58:14 and MK were given a PP opportunity straight after, the tension really mounted for the home crowd.

Steeldogs killed the penalty well and picked a two well-deserved points to complete their four point weekend.

Dalibor Sedlar was awarded MOM for a great performance.

Ex Steeler Nickey Chinn was injured in the game.

At Telford, with the two basement teams hoping to take a win, it was another tight game which could have gone either way. In a 1-1 first period, Steeldogs cancelled out the Tiger’s lead, as Lubomir scored his first at 13:54.

No further scoring took place until Korhon’s second. Korhon claimed his hat trick early in the third, short-handed. It was followed by efforts from Bebris, Stevie Duncombe and Greg Wood capped it off at 58:19. Korhon was awarded the MOM.