SHEFFIELD Steeldogs have earned a reputation as a never-say-die club on the verge of bigger things after concluding an action packed season.
Andre Payette’s men bowed out of the EPL Play Offs in Coventry after topsy-turvy 6-5 penalty shot loss to Manchester Phoenix.
The Mancunians went on to lose the final, 4-1 to Slough Jets.
And while Dogs did not reach the last stage, they have done enough to be noticed across the national spectrum.
In last Saturday’s semi final they came from 5-2 down to force overtime and eventually falling to a penalty shot winner from former Sheffield player Stephen Wallace.
The underdogs took the lead at 8:14 as Lloyd Gibson slotted the puck past Stephen Fone, assisted by Greg Wood following play round the net. Wallace countered that at 10:34. Manchester then scored two Power Play goals although Edgars Bebris reduced the deficit. Manchester opened a three goal lead before a dramatic Sheffield fight back.
Payette scored at 53:13, with Ben Morgan firing in from the blue line just 22 seconds later. With Steeldogs tails up they really turned on the pressure to find the equaliser, which came from Morgan with his second goal as just 50 seconds remained on the clock, for a 5-5 scoreline in regulation time. Wallace scored the decisive Penalty Shot.