Gruelling series of matches will test Steeldogs’ endurance levels

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SHEFFIELD Steeldogs are embarking on a three games in four days session which will test endurance levels to the limit.

Last night, they played at Manchester Phoenix and tomorrow they are at iceSheffield to play Bracknell Bees (7.30pm.) On Sunday, they have another road trip, to Peterborough Phantoms.

Steeldogs beat the Bees in Bracknell in October in a low-scoring but high-tempo game, during which Steeldogs clung onto a one goal lead for 30 minutes whilst missing Andre Payette and Pavel Gomeniuk on the ice.

Saturday’s game is also a Cup match with a semi-final position to be fought for.

Steeldogs’ defence and goalie Ben Bowns must block Bracknell’s prolific forwards, who include ex-Steelers wing Martin Masa and Lukas Smital.

Player coach Payette was enthusiastic about taking on the Bees this weekend: “I am really excited about playing Bracknell again as they have a lot of fire up front plus a few players who are not afraid to drop the gloves. We had a great game down in Bracknell and Saturday’s return match will be more of the same. I’m expecting another close game.”

Steeldogs are celebrating the news that 19-year-old winger Chris Sykes has made the GB U20s squad.