Three point weekend for Sheffield Steeldogs
Greg Wood had predicted a goal-fest for Sunday's visit from Swindon Wildcats and the opening minutes showed he was spot on.
The first twelve and a half minutes saw SIX goals as both sides seemed determined to go all out for goals in what was eventually a 6-2 win for the iceSheffield side.
The unlikely figure of Callum Pattison opened the scoring for the Steeldogs but Swindon came straight, scoring twice to lead at 5.40.
Then goals from Brcko, Kumeliauskas and a beauty from Mrna rocked the Wildcats and had coach Aaron Nell (not playing through injury) calling a timeout to steady his troops.
It had the desired effect and Swindon were unlucky to have what appeared to be a good goal wiped out late in the period.
Adrian Palak worked hard to score early in the second period (like Pattison’s a first of the season) but despite the 5-2 lead, the frenetic nature of the game seemed to give the Wildcats every chance of getting back in.
The craziest section of the game came midway through the final period, with Steeldogs killing a penalty, Bosas broke through and should have scored but got tangled with another Dog, Swindon raced back down the ice and thought they scored but Ben Morgan stopped the puck crossing the line and then found Bosas who went one on one with Stevie Lyle – scoring to secure the win.
*Steeldogs travelled to Milton Keynes on Saturday, looking to reverse their fortunes after a narrow defeat in the previous game..however they did the same again, losing 4-3 in overtime.
They got off to a nightmare start with an early goal from Carlon followed by a Bakrlik strike shortly before the end of the first period.
Jones added a third and the Dogs went into the final session with a bit of a mountain to climb. Having dominated for three quarters of the game, the home side then got in to a little penalty trouble. Donatas Kumeliauskas scored on a power play and then Jones got 5+game for high sticks and once again the Lithuanian scored.
MK looked like they would hang on for the win but in the final minute, net minder James Hadfield was sacrificed and Mrna scored to send the game into overtime.
Lewis Hook scored to give the Lightning the win they so nearly blew but the Steeldogs again showed great character to come back from the dead with both Bosas and Kumeliauskas scoring three points.
Captain Morgan summed up the weekend’s efforts; “The game in Milton Keynes was one of those crazy games. It's disappointing from our point of view that we have to wait until the last period to drag ourselves back but this team is full of character and heart and we know about that. We are full of resilience through and through. It's a good point and we weren't disappointed with it,
“It was very entertaining and from a spectator’s point of view, if you can come up 4-2 after the first period that’s going to be good for you.
"We knew it would be high scoring, Woody predicted it, it always is with Swindon. Luckily for us they had a few guys missing, but you can only play against what is put in front of you. I thought we looked good for our 6-2 win tonight.
“We are beginning to look like the Steeldogs that Woody would like us to be. Palak has had another good week, he's been phenomenal this weekend. I said that as soon as he gets a goal in he will get going. Charnock has been a heartbeat of the team again and Kumeliauskas has lead by example all weekend. Everyone is stepping up and Jimmy (James Hadfield) is playing big – we are thrilled to bits with our weekend”.
Steeldogs will get the chance to build on a successful weekend when they take on the Bracknell Bees on Thursday at iceSheffield.