Sheffield Steelers’ wing sensation nets ice hockey honour

Rob Dowd and marker, up close and personal
Rob Dowd and marker, up close and personal
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Sheffield Steelers goal-happy forward Robert Dowd has been named Elite League Player of the Week.

Dowd started last weekend by scoring either side of the second intermission to help Sheffield secure a 3-2 victory in Braehead on Saturday night, with his goal early in the third period ultimately proving to be the game winner.

Rob Dowd: pic by cott Wiggins

Rob Dowd: pic by cott Wiggins

The Great Britain assistant captain then followed that performance up with a sensational effort against league leaders Cardiff on Sunday at the Sheffield Arena, bagging two goals and four points as Paul Thompson’s side beat the Devils 6-2 to provide a late twist in the title race.

Dowd now has 21 goals and 42 points in 47 Elite League games for the third-placed Steelers so far this season, adding a further two goals and seven points in 13 Challenge Cup appearances.

The Teessider is in super confident form, starring on a line with Andreas Valdix and Levi Nelson and hitting the net six times in four games.

This weekend and his team-mates, the 28-year-old takes on Belfast Giants and Cardiff Devils, Friday and Saturday, away and home consecutively.