Sheffield Steelers: Rob Dowd ready for Play Off glory

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Rob Dowd’s hot form streak could lead Sheffield to a double-winning triumph.

The Steelers winger has scored four times in the last three games which secured his side the League championship and qualification to the Play Off semi final on Saturday, against Hull Stingrays.

Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers

Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers

Dowd didn’t have the best start to the campaign, yet his speedy line with Tyler Mosienko and Jonathan Phillips is now as good as anything the club has to offer in offensive and work ethic terms.

Dowd told The Star: “I struggled at the start of the year, I think that is no secret.

“But I have knuckled down and I think coming into form at this time of year is nice. I am glad about it.

“I haven’t changed anything different, I have been doing the same thing every year but sometimes when it is not going for you you fight it and you bear too hard on your shots and you are not loose on the game. You get too much on top of yourself. I just relaxed a little bit and let it happen...and its been happening.”

The GB international said he enjoyed his rapport with Phillips and Mosienko. “We work the puck well and all three of us can skate” he said.

Now it is full speed ahead for Saturday’s Play Off appointment with Hull, the winner playing Belfast Giants or Coventry Blaze in Sunday’s final. Sheffield earned their place despite a sometimes bumpy ride against Fife Flyers in the qualifying round.

“On Sunday they were 3-0 up but were the second-best team in the final session and had to settle for a 3-3 draw, going through on a one-goal aggregate win.

Referring to Sunday, Dowd said: “Fife played a good game. Their goalie made some big stops on us and they went the other way and scored timely goals which obviously put us under pressure. But we shone through then and got the win, which is all that matters.”

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