Sheffield Steelers skipper enjoys going to the Dogs

Sheffield Steelers' captain Jonathan Phillips had a hand in five of Sheffield Steeldogs' seven goals as the iceSheffield club chalked up their fourth consecutive Spring Cup win.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:27 pm

The side is displaying awesome firepower - and Dogs' coach Greg Wood is thrilled with the way things are panning out in the tournament, which is endorsed by the Government during coronavirus lockdown.

"That’s how I want my hockey team to play," beamed Wood.

"The boys were brilliant in their approach," he said after Sunday's road 7-2 win at Raiders, which followed Saturday's 7-3 victory over the same opposition.

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"There were contributions right across the line up," said Wood.

None more so than Phillips, who top scored at The Sapphire rink in Romford with two goals and three assists.

The haul takes the Welsh forward to 10 points in the four NIHL games (3+7) - the Great Britain leader scoring 15 points in 49 EIHL games for Steelers, last season.

Jonathan Phillips chalking up the points

*Steelers' big homegrown hope for the future starred in Saturday's Steeldogs' win over Raiders.

Dronfield's Alex Graham, 18, - described last September by Steelers' coach Aaron Fox as the best in the country for his age - scored and twice assisted during the 7-3 home victory.

Ben Lake, Jason Hewitt, who also bagged three points, Phillips, Charles Thompson, Nathan Salem and Liam Kirk scored the others.

On the same night, Steeler Sam Jones recorded a 1+1 scorecard for Telford Tigers at home against Bees, and Cole Shudra also sniped one in.

Telford followed up that 5-1 win, with Sunday's 2-1 victory at Bees, to keep level on points with Steeldogs in the Spring Cup table.

Steeldogs take on Bees at home and away this coming weekend.

*Steelers' offensive-minded defenceman Marek Troncinsky continues to impress in the Erste League with Romanian club Gyergyói HK.

He added two assists last weekend - he now averages exactly a point a game after 26 outings.

His team are seventh in the 10-team division.

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