Champions dismiss the Steeldogs challenge

Steeldogs out of the play offs
Steeldogs out of the play offs
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Sheffield Steeldogs hunt for an unlikely Play Off win ended in failure at the hands of champions Telford Tigers.

Andre Payette’s team, which finished next to bottom of the English Premier League nosedived 0-5 at home to Tigers before dipping 3-6 in Shropshire.

It had always been a big ask for Sheffield, who rely on strong arm tactics and a largely homegrown roster.

After the beating at home Dogs at least were not shut out away from home, with Lloyd Gibson giving the visitors a lead.

Sheffield were much closer matched on Tigers’ ice, but ultimately couldn’t keep up with them.

Tigers Head Coach Tom Watkins, Saturday’s match was a tough mental test.

He said: “It was a bit flat in the second game and for the guys it was quite hard mentally, going into it with that 5-0 lead. To see a couple of the younger guys get onto the sheet was really pleasing. They did the simple things right, got the puck in the right areas and were rewarded.

“It is so pleasing to make it through to the final, and the real hockey starts now.”

On Friday night, Telford put in a ruthless performance to emerge 5-0 winners at iceSheffield, although they had a few bruises to show at the end of it.

Goals from Nathan Salem (2), Jason Silverthorn, Jonathan Weaver and McKenzie handed The Tigers victory. Telford now take on Peterborough in the semi final, and Manchester face Milton Keynes.