It was a mixed weekend for Sheffield Steeldogs and ended in disappointment on Sunday’s trip to Deeside to play the Manchester Phoenix.
They lost 5-2 and had the normally mild mannered Lubomir Korhon given a Match penalty for abuse of an official after he had been dragged down without any call from Referee Matthews. This was the last of a series of non-calls that frustrated Sheffield throughout the game.
Manchester always seemed to be a step ahead and were never behind on the scoreboard. They took the lead in the first period and despite some purple patches from the Dogs, always looked like they would find enough to win. A crazy 69 seconds early in the final period saw both teams score twice but the Steeldogs were always playing catch up. The 5-2 score line flattered the Phoenix but Sheffield will need to do better if they are to pick up points on future visits to the old Deeside rink.
On Saturday night at iceSheffield, the Guildford Flames provided the Steeldogs with a tough test.
Bosas gave the Steeldogs a first period lead but the Flames power play turned the game in the second period and by the 43rd minute they were 4-1 up.
However the Dogs weren't done and a beautiful individual goal from Ashley Calvert sparked a full on revival.
Korhon made it 4-3 with a surgical strike and Coach Wood pulled his netminder with 90 seconds left to try and force an equaliser and eventually found himself in the right place to score and send the game into overtime.
Ex-Steeler Danny Meyers secured the two points for Guildford but the Steeldogs had shown great character to steal a point.
Next game – iceSheffield Friday October 2nd vs Hull Pirates
*Saturday night quotes:
Coach Greg Wood: “With the way the game went I'm absolutely over the moon we managed to get a point. At 4-1 down we looked in real trouble but it shows the character of the team this year - we are never going to say die. Our fitness is really paying dividends now. We are coming back strong in the third period, like we did last week.
“We could feel sorry for ourselves with the players we are missing but the positive has been how others have stepped in and really done a job – Cole (Shudra) and Patto (Callum Pattison) have come in not let anyone down and made the best of the opportunity”.
Captain Ben Morgan: "Guildford scored three power play goals, I think a couple of them came off skates but they're a clinical team and they're going to score if you give them power plays.
I think if we can keep out of the penalty box we are going to do well this year, we are playing well 5 on 5.”