Shane Smith has read the riot act to his players and told them to cut down on the number of penalties they are giving away as Sheffield Steeldogs prepare for their final EPL game of the season and the play-offs.
Steeldogs fell to a 5-4 defeat to Swindon Wildcats on Wednesday night despite leading the game 3-1 and 4-3 – through a Lubomir Korhorn hat trick – heading into the final period.
Wednesday’s defeat was Steeldogs’ eighth in a row and Smith, the Steeldogs owner who stepped in as head coach in the absence of the injured Andre Payette, says his team are shooting themselves in the foot.
“We have just got to eliminate the penalties,” Smith said.
“Swindon are so good when it comes to being on the power play, they move the puck so well and we lost the plot once or twice, lost a man and they have found the goal.
“We had a lot of possession, we had a good game in general, they just capitalised on their opportunities and capitalised on power play.
“Five on five, I think we outplayed them, but again, it’s another game we have lost on power play goals.”
Steeldogs will now prepare for their final game of the season when they lock horns with bottom-of-the-table Slough Jets at IceSheffield tomorrow at 7:30pm.
Wednesday’s man of the match Korhorn Smith wants the side to finish on a high ahead of the end-of-season play-offs.
“It was the fifth time in the last seven games when we were winning by a goal and lost the game in the third period,” Korhorn added.
“We have to finish on a high not just us but the fans, we have worked so hard and want a victory to take with us into the play-offs.”