More protection needed for Sheffield Steeldogs goalie

Steeldogs'  Lewis Bell
Steeldogs' Lewis Bell
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Sheffield Steelers player coach Andre Payette has a list of demands made to his team after flopping 5-1 at home to Swindon Wildcats.

“Three of their goals were off rebounds - we have to be there for Dali, (goaltender Dalibor Sedlar.)” he said.

“If he makes the first save we have to be able to take the guy’s stick away we have to work on that. We need to be more clinical, passes being on the tape, not letting our heads go down when something goes wrong”.

Steeldogs went one down at iceSheffield iceSheffield to a freak goal.

With 58 seconds left in the first period a puck thrown blindly towards the net by former Steeler Aaron Nell went off Lewis Bell’s skate to give the Wildcats the lead.

On the plus side, Dogs’ commitment to youth paid off when 17-year-old Cam Brownley buried a chance set up by Ashley Calvert.

But from that point onwards, Steeldogs were on the slide, with Wildcats banging four unanswered goals.

Payette said: “First period we should have been a couple up and in the last 30 seconds a blind pass hits Belly’s skate and it goes in.

“Second period we played some of our best hockey of the season but only got rewarded by one goal, then they got a flukey goal at the start of the third and our heads went down and when a team is struggling, that’s what happens.

“We have to gain our self-belief real quick, it’s a long season, we’ve played some really good hockey this year and I believe in every guy in the room. We are going to come to work this week and go and get two big road wins.”