Sheffield Steeldogs haven't had a lot to celebrate this season - but a point against Manchester Phoenix, after 11 attempts, was certainly worthy of note.
They lost in overtime, 3-2, but the spirit of the side hinted at better things to come. After a demoralising 8-3 loss to Guildford on Saturday, Steeldogs' roster was bolstered by the recent signing of ex-Steeler, Steve Duncombe from Peterborough.
With some players recovering from 'flu, which Coach Matt Darlow said had 'had a massive impact with the lads running on empty for weeks' they fought for every puck. After 60 minutes the game was level at 2-2, the Sheffield goals scored by Edgars Bebris (MOM) and Craig Elliott taking Sheffield to overtime. Unfortunately, it was Manchester's Curtis Huppe who scored the overtime winner, but the single point was enough to allow the Dogs to hold on to eighth place in the league, level on points with Telford Tigers.
Darlow said: "We experienced in Manchester a truly defiant Steeldogs' performance from a team that will not back down nor give up when the going gets tough. The lads got their justice with the first ever Sheffield point against Manchester in the EPL."
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