Sheffield Steeldogs: Future of Sheffield hockey players is assured says proud Payette

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WHEN Sheffield Steeldogs announced the decision of Danny Wood last week to leave them for Elite League Hull Stingrays, they did so “with regret.”

And that sentiment must have been doubly strong last Saturday night, when they short-benched EPL side were savaged 7-0 at Slough Jets.

But Andre Payette’s side regrouped to put in a hard fought - if ultimately unsuccesful - visit to Guildford on Sunday.

There they played with heart and vigour, eventually being outgunned 4-2.

Payette commented: “We had a poor performance in Slough but I was very proud of the players on Sunday in Guildford.

“We were down to 11 players and two academy players against a full-strength top-of-the-league Flames, but the guys battled hard and played a great road game.

“If they play that way for the rest of the season we should make some good progress and I was proud of every single player. I was also really happy with how the young academy players stepped up to the plate in difficult circumstances, it shows there are some really promising players coming through the Sheffield system.”

Guildford had gone 2-0 up by the half-way mark before Dogs fought back.

Steve Duncombe blasted Steeldogs first goal on the Power Play, assisted by Greg Wood and Payette.

And Payette added another before Flames wrapped it up.