Sheffield Steeldogs: season over

End of the EPL season
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Sheffield Steeldogs bowed out of the EPL Playoffs at the quarter final stage but gave the second seeds a late fright.

Having lost all six regular season games against Peterborough Phantoms, the Steeldogs faced a big challenge in getting to the finals weekend in Coventry.

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They started well in the first leg but were caught off guard at the end of an early power play; Craig Scott sprang the defence to open the scoring at 7.16.

Some good work through the rest of the period was undone late on as Weldon scored after Shudra lost the puck and then another odd man break led to a Mark Levers goal.

A Milan Baranyk strike at 25.23 took all the pressure off the visitors and they took no risks and made it tough for Sheffield to get any quality chances on Auzins.

Steeldogs' only reward came half way through the final period when Liam Kirk scored his first ever senior goal after several near misses in previous games.

A 4-1 final score left the Steeldogs with a mountain to climb in the second leg.

The first period in Peterborough was high on energy and entertainment but witnessed no goals – despite several power play opportunities for Steeldogs.

The second period was completely different; two Phantom’s power play goals in the opening minutes put them five up on aggregate before the teams exchanged five goals in eight hectic minutes. Lascek getting his team going before Shudra and Korhon added markers.

The final period got off to a slow start until an Andy Hirst goal levelled the scores on the night and then his second got Sheffield within two overall. Peterborough were wobbling but at 55.38 the night turned on a single play; Auzins edged out of his net and Craig Elliott was called for tripping him.

The call infuriated the Dogs and Coach Wood was given a misconduct penalty.

Lascek was fired up by the call and went out on the next shift finishing his hits and was called for a check to the head. With a 5 on 3 advantage, the Phantoms scored and killed off the revival and the Steeldogs season.

A 5-5 score on the night, a 9-6 overall win sending Peterborough through.

So a season of change for the Steeldogs ends without a trip to the finals.

Wood brought some new ideas and positive hockey to iceSheffield and the club will look to develop further next season.