Janis Ozolins is Sheffield Steeldogs ‘magic man’ after leading them to two memorable weekend victories.
The Latvian forward has responded to the vacuum caused by Jeff Legue’s decision to leave and scored five goals in wins over Guildford Flames (3-2) and Manchester Phoenix (4-3.)
The 25-year-old former Hull player notched a hat trick against Manchester and a brace to upset Flames, who are second in the English Premier League table.
Craig Elliott commented: “When you have Ozi on the ice he can make magic happen, he’s unbelievable. We started off slow but showed that we can take anyone apart at the minute. Once we get Lubomir Korhon back it will be unreal”.
Ben Morgan added: “We’ve picked up our form and that’s without Lubo the top goal scorer from last year, we’ve lost our top goal scorer from this year (Legue) but we’ve gone six wins and two losses in 8 games. We are obviously doing things right at the moment, there’s massive belief in the changing room”.
And makeshift forward Steve Duncombe added: “It’s always good to win against Manchester, we like to take every win we can but when it’s against Manchester, it’s a little sweeter. We are fighting for position in the league against them this year. We’ve got two more games against Manchester this season (inc Thursday) and we want to win them and get above them. It’s our time to step up.”
Andre Payette’s side are now sitting in sixth place in the League, despite clocking up a division-leading tally of 888 penalty minutes. They host Milton Keynes on Sunday.