The busy schedule continued for Kalcrest Sheffield Steeldogs in a slower-paced week game than normal against a short-benched Basingstoke Bison. However, Steeldogs picked up the targeted two points to lift them into third place in the League, two points above Slough and two behind Manchester.
Steeldogs were first on the scoresheet and retained the lead from 10:09 till the final whistle after Janis Ozolins put the only puck past Matthew Colclough in 17 shots on goal in the first period. Bison’s short bench was not helped by Steve Moria sitting out the second half of the period on a ten minute misconduct.
A 0-0 second period was followed by a 1-1 final session after Pavel Gomeniuk fired in another of his shots from the blue line at 51:59 from a good pass back by Edgars Bebris. Bison finally scored a consolation goal at 58:12 and the game ended 2-1.
Andre Payette expressed his disappointment with his team’s performance: “We were complacent and played down to their level. The only positive were the two points but we will need to step up the pace against Milton Keynes in the next couple of games.”
Steeldogs go into this crucial double-header weekend against Milton Keynes, away tomorrow but back home on Sunday (5.30pm). With the teams facing off against each other on consecutive nights and Steeldogs having recently put MK out of the EPL Cup in a tight 1-0 scoreline over the two-legged series, MK will be seeking retribution.
Payette said: “Games against MK have been fantastic this season but we need another win on Sunday to keep our 11 game home winning streak going, and to ensure we finish above them at the end of the season. This would be an amazing achievement against one of the League’s traditional powerhouses.