Saturday's visit from the reigning league and cup champions, Telford Tigers was always going to be a tough challenge for the Sheffield Steeldogs, however a Tom Squires goal after just 38 seconds showed that it wasn't going to be a walk in the park for the visitors either.
Joe Miller equalized for the Tigers before former Hull Stingray Jason Silverthorn put them in front on a power play but the resilient Steeldogs found their own equalizer courtesy of the hardworking Stano Lascek.
Once again the second period was the Dogs downfall; goals from Silverthorn, Szabo and Plant were conceded with only Craig Elliott's first goal of the season in reply, leaving them 5-3 down.
Another goal from Arnoldas Bosas cut the margin to one and gave the home crowd some hope only for Callum Bowley burying a rebound of Sedlar's pads to kill it off. With Sheffield looking tired the Tigers went in for the kill and a Miller power play goal and Silverthorn's hat-trick strike gave Telford a flattering 8-4 win.
Elliott spoke after the game about how it felt to finally score: “It's good, it's been a long time coming, you just have to bear down and take your chances. It’s nice to get off the mark but we didn't win and that would have been the most important thing.
"There were a few bad calls, things that the ref gave their way. If they go our way, the game could have been very different as we worked hard and made a few good chances. I feel like this was our best chance to beat them and we should have done.
"I think we slacked off a little in the second period and did some silly little things but we aren't good enough to let off the pressure like that."
Travelling to Milton Keynes on Sunday didn't seem a likely way of improving the weekend, especially when the Lightning were giving a debut to an ex-NHL defence man.
Conceding TWO short-handed goals late in the first period only made it tougher and when Blas Emersic put MK 3-0 up it looked like another fruitless trip for the Steeldogs.
However Callum Pattison, in his first game back after a three match suspension, intervened when MK took some liberties with a couple of his team mates and this seemed to energise the Dogs bench. Lubomir Korhon and Greg Wood both scored in the closing minutes of the second session and put Sheffield just a goal behind with 20 to play.
A Tom Squires goal tied the scores and sent the game into overtime - but neither side could score in the five minutes and it was left to penalty shots to decide who was getting the extra point.
Only Emersic and Bosas scored in the first three rounds sending it to sudden death. When MK captain Carr scored, Ashley Calvert kept the Dogs alive and following a Clements miss, ex-Lightning favourite Stano Lascek scored to take the 4-3 win for Sheffield.
Coach Greg Wood was pleased with the character his team showed: “We were very good in the first period, but we had a power play and let in 2 short-handed goals as we were out worked which really disappointed me. We came out in the second and we really got back to where we started with the good play. The turning point in the game was when MK started to go after one or two of our players so Patto came out to challenge them. It changed the way we were playing the game from there and we scored 3 unanswered goals so that got us back in touch.
"Overall looking at the weekend, we have played two teams who are expected to beat us and we can take a real big positive from it. I couldn’t have asked for a better performance against MK and it’s great to come away with another 2 points from a tough barn. We now look forward to the visit of Guildford on Saturday and have to focus on playing our game - we know we can beat them, because we have done that already this year. We have to apply ourselves and stick to our game plan”.
Next home game – Saturday November 28th vs Guildford Flames at iceSheffield (7.30)