Steeldogs battle hard in MK
The Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs travelled to Milton Keynes to take on the Lightning in what was to be another battling performance.
Short benched but still with plenty of bite the Dogs faced off against a much improved Lightning side. Zimozdra and Lawday were the starting net minders.
Within the first few minutes Stewart showed a few skills and his intention to be a source of offensive energy for the Lightning. Sheffield fought back with Spurr getting the first meaningful shot on goal in the game. But the Lightning were to open the scoring with a Kana shot which beat Zimozdra from close range on a power play. The Steeldogs challenged throughout the period but just couldn’t get past Lawday. 1-0
Recent arrival in MK, Kovar scored early in the second period to extend the lead and again the Steeldogs worked hard in the offensive zone. The young pups Brammer and Ripley played without fear and were physical. Cowley added a third goal in 33:04 but Sheffield didn’t let their heads drop. Jan Danecek hit the post and with a man advantage, the Dogs had Lawday beaten but couldn’t get the touch to bury the puck.Thompson showed some spirit defending his team mate after a challenge with Carlon receiving a match penalty from the incident. Every man skated tirelessly in this period and came off the ice earning a 10 minute break. 3-0
Morgan got the third period off to a flying start for the Dogs clawing a goal back within the first minute with an absolute laser of a shot. Thompson was rewarded for his efforts with the Steeldogs second goal 8 minutes later, following his initial shot and pouncing to make it 3-2. Sensing a shift in momentum, Sheffield played with more heart and soul, throwing their bodies on the line to defend their goal and skating with power to give Lawday more work to do. A goal from Kovar 7 minutes from the end sealed the deal for the Lightning. Despite more spirited play from Sheffield and a real never say die attitude, the Dogs couldn’t get the puck over the line again. With a last roll of the dice, Zimozdra was pulled and the extra man let loose but a steal by the Lightning ended with a Stewart empty net goal.
End of the game
MK Lightning 5-2 Sheffield Steeldogs
Lewis Bell (sponsored by Jammy Lodger) was awarded the man of the match.
In all honesty, every man could have earned that plaudit tonight. A great team effort, you could not have asked for more.
Round 2 v MK Lightning faces off on Sunday at 4:30pm. These boys deserve your support, so get yourself down to iceSheffield and get behind the Steeldogs as they go head to head again with Liam Stewart and the Lightning.
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