For British ice hockey fans who love to see a fight, Sheffield Steeldogs certainly seem to be brand leaders.
The EPL club prides itself on ‘entertaining’ their supporters every night they play.
Last weekend, they upped the ante, with every skater at Bracknell Bees battling out..including the goaltenders. The strong-arm tactics delivered a 5-1 win.
Bees had Ryan Watt ejected after just 19 seconds for a nasty slash on Craig Elliott, setting the tone for a game that took three hours to complete.
Jeff Legue opened the scoring on the resulting power play and doubled the advantage early in the second period. A game that had already witnessed three fights exploded at 34.10 with everyone on the ice dropping the gloves - including the netminders. Sheffield’s Callum Pattison was ejected for leaving the bench and Bracknell scored on the power play – only to be torn apart by Legue completing his hat-trick. Squires and Lloyd Gibson’s empty net goal put the icing on the cake.
Coach Andre Payette: “Pattison stood up for his team-mates; hats off to him! And we had a full line fight with (goalie) Dalibor Sedlar going for it at centre ice! We beat them 5-1 in their rink which gives them something to think about. I view every game against Bracknell as a four point game and we don’t intend to lose another against them – December 21 at iceSheffield will be fun. We are also looking forward to Sunday against Guildford. David Longstaff and Danny Meyers will be back in town.”