FANS who battled through snow to watch Sheffield Steeldogs were rewarded with a 3-0 home win over Peterborough Phantoms, although the game did not live up to its billing as a feisty affair.
Dogs coach Andre Payette said: “The team was fired up to take the game to Peterborough but they didn’t want to go and you have to play what is in front of you. We were all happy with the 3-0 win however, and Ben Bowns got another well-deserved shut-out.”
It was not until the third period that the crowd finally saw some goals. Janis Ozolins led the way with a trade mark goal at 43.15, assisted by Greg Wood and Steve Duncombe. Then a second was roofed by Ashley Calvert from a rebound off some good work by Ben Morgan and Ozolins, at 44.39.
The third and final goal came at 48.56 as Raivis Kurnigins got off the mark with his first goal in a Steeldogs’ jersey, assisted by Morgan.
The only real skirmish during the match was when Chris Sykes won his scrap and a very disappointed set of Phantoms fans and players left with nothing but a difficult journey home.
Raivis Kurnigins was awarded man of the match and Ozolins scored 1+1 on his birthday.
Steeldogs’ next home game is against Milton Keynes Lightning in the first leg of the Cup Semi-final tomorrow, February 8, 7.30pm at iceSheffield.
Payette will have his team primed for the home leg of this Cup semi-finals, the first time Steeldogs have reached this level. Payette said “ We are looking forward to our first Cup semi-final. All the guys are excited as this is a great chance for them to play for a trophy and that is why they play the game.”