Liam Kirk scores five points ahead of EIHL draft

The stage is set for a series-defining Spring Cup collision next weekend between Sheffield Steeldogs and Telford Tigers.

By Bob Westerdale
Monday, 8th March 2021, 9:44 am
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 9:45 am

Both sides recorded thumping double wins last Saturday and Sunday and are tied on points at the top of the table.

They play each other home and away next weekend.

The firepower of both sides has been enough to see them win all six of their games so far - but that will have to end when they meet each other, first in Shropshire then in South Yorkshire.

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Unbeaten records are on the line.

Steeldogs are celebrating hammering Bees 7-0 and 10-4 - scoring four even-handed goals in two minutes of the second period on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Tigers dispatched with Swindon Wildcats 9-2 and 7-2.

Wanted winger Liam Kirk was the star of the Sheffield show on Sunday, with a personal best series tally of four goals and one assist.

Liam Kirk in action for Dogs. Pic: Podium Prints.

The Maltby flyer, aged 21, has accounted for 18 points in six games for Greg Wood's team.

The ex-Steeler is clearly demonstrating how well he has developed by playing in Canada last season.

There were four points each for Jason Hewitt, Ben O'Connor and Alex Graham.

On Saturday, in walloping Bees 7-0, Steeldogs posted the first shut-out of the tournament.

Graham shone again, top-scoring with 2+3. Other notable scorers were O'Connor, 0+3, Hewitt and Nathan Salem both on 2+1.

South Yorkshire's Cole Shudra (1+0) and Kieran Brown (1+2) were on the mark for Telford as they annihilated Swindon 9-2 away.

Meanwhile, the EIHL is finalising tonight's draft, when teams will pick their players for the looming mini series, adding them to their protected five.