Lightning to put Steeldogs’ fine run to the test

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Andre Payette’s Kalcrest Sheffield Steeldogs are all set for ‘Operation Milton Keynes’ at iceSheffield tomorrow (7.30pm).

The coach is hoping for a good crowd as during the game money will be raised for the Children’s Hospital Charity and there will also be a Teddy Toss on the first home goal.

After the team’s recent two big successes against Manchester and Bracknell, Payette is hoping for more of the same tomorrow but warns that it will not be easy: “Lightning are a very hard working and skilful team and I am expecting a really tough game, which should be exciting to watch.”

Steeldogs beat MK at home at the beginning of October, a result that surprised everyone but which set the tone for the Steeldogs’ season. With Steeldogs in second place, two points above the Lightning (who have games in hand), MK will be coming with nothing less than a win in mind.

Payette said: “The guys are looking forward to this game and are enjoying such a great start to the season but know every team will be focused on taking the points off us.

“The players have been battling hard against every team all season and I think we got a little tired on Sunday against Peterborough after three games in four nights. But we are looking to come out strong and try for another home win.”

Payette is urging fans to support the team and a worthwhile charity. The early birds to buy a ticket will receive a free Steeldogs gift and the ticket desk will open early at 5.30pm. Fans wishing to toss a teddy should bring along a new one and join in the fun.

Adult tickets £9, concession £6.50, child £3.50, U8s free, family £20.