SHEFFIELD Steeldogs head coach Andre Payette said he was delighted by the character the team demonstrated in the home victories over Bracknell Bees.
Payette, who had to serve a two-match suspension last weekend, said: “I was very proud of the way the guys dug deep and continued to play the way I wanted them too.
“They all stood up to be counted for against a very physical side on Sunday when I was not on the ice to protect them. We had a lot of players missing or playing injured but I thought it was a great team effort.”
Steeldogs are on the road this weekend in two encounters against top teams as they look to outline their play-off credentials.
Basingstoke Bison will no doubt take advantage of Payette’s second match ban with Nicky Chinn, who was anonymous two weeks ago in a fast and fiesty game, surely feeling more adventurous than he has done in the past. Steeldogs, who face Guildford on Sunday, are set to be without Craig Elliott and Paul Jones due to injury.
The Steeldogs are running a special ticket offer for the home double header against Guildford Flames on Saturday February 26 and Swindon Wildcats on Sunday February 27. Supporters who purchase tickets on Saturday will receive Sunday’s ticket at half price.
Steeldogs’ players will be at Kelham Island’s Skates of Steel exhibition on Monday. Payette is coordinating a Hockey Camp at iceSheffield on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. For more information, log on to www.sheffieldsteeldogs.co.uk