Defeat against league hot shots is no disgrace

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Steeldogs coach Andre Payette has said there is no disgrace in his side’s back-to-back defeats to top-of-the-league Slough Jets.

Sheffield went down 5-3 in Berkshire before losing to 1-0 at iceSheffield last Sunday.

Payette said: “The guys played fantastically over the weekend and it is no shame to lose by just the one goal each game (plus an empty netter) against a team that has six players in the top 20 scorers in the league. We only just came up short and I’m proud of every member of the team and how well they played. We will be aiming to get results next weekend but the guys should feel proud of their achievement.”

In the 1-0 defeat home fans had started to celebrate an equaliser in the last minute, only to see it washed out with what was deemed to be a high stick. They dominated the Jets for spells especially in the third period.

However, they were thwarted by man of the match and veteran goalie Greg Rockman, who shut out all the Dogs 43 shots and by the defence who cleared loose pucks. The solitary goal was scored by Joe Greener.

In the earlier 5-3 loss, a goal by Ashley Calvert at 02.20 had given the visitors hope at the start.

And Calvert got another, with Pavel Gomeniuk also on the score sheet, but Slough just had too much.

Dogs are still in with a chance of a semi-final position but have made the task harder with Sunday’s loss as Slough leapfrogged over them into third position.

Payette’s men have one Cup game left against Peterborough Phantoms at home on December 30.

n Dogs’ next home game is on Sunday against Guildford Flames (5.30pm); their last before Christmas.