SHEFFIELD STEELDOGS: Hard work pays off for top Dogs

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SHEFFIELD Steeldogs are celebrating the “culmination of two and a half years hard work” after beating Manchester Phoenix for the Roses Cup for the first time.

The two-leg victory (3-2 home win, 0-0 away) is a clear indication that Andre Payette’s men will be competing hard with the top teams in the English Premier League this season.

It was the first piece of silverware for the team that took over from Sheffield Scimitars.

Russian goaltender, Dmitri Zimozdra, made some great saves in the scoreless decider in Altrincham and was awarded man of the match after his first shut-out as Steeldogs’ new starting goalie.

Coach Payette said: “This was an accumulation of two and a half years of hard work.

“Winning the War of the Roses was a massive achievement, and one which was helped by all those involved in the club.

“The guys have worked hard all summer not only to get ready for the season but to win the Roses series.

“To finally accomplish this shows how much they have worked and how promising this season is looking to be, perhaps allowing us to look at competing for the league title this year.”

Ex-Steeler Derek Campbell fought Manchester’s Ondrej Pozivil in the second game.