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Steeldogs win thriller in OT

With just one game this weekend the Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs laced up the skates to take on the Bracknell Bees in what would have to be a character performance for the short benched Dogs to get anything against a tough Bees side.

The Dogs welcomed back a young lad by the name of Greg Wood into the line up. Zimozdra started in goal, Goss was the Bees net minder for the first period.

Sheffield started with an early penalty kill and soaked up some pressure from the Bees who looked determined to get on the board.  It was the Dogs who got the opening goal, and deservedly so, through Graham. Bracknell got into their stride after that and equalised through Gabaj. Sheffield weren’t going to lay down and have their tummies tickled and Wood announced his return with a goal, one he enjoyed. Bracknell repeatedly came back at the Steeldogs but the defence dealt with   it by playing safety first and clearing their zone. End of the first 1-2

The opening few minutes of the second period saw the Bees take it to the Dogs but Zimozdra performed some excellent saves to deny the home team. Despite spending a lot of time camped in the Bees zone, the Dogs couldn’t extend their lead. Milton, who had replaced Goss in goal, stopped a few quality shots and his defence were given a good work out to keep the surging Steeldogs to limited opportunities. With under a minute remaining in the period Stead popped up with an equaliser on a power play to send the teams in level at 2-2.

Bracknell got the third off to a flying start as Gabaj scored his second of the game on another power play to put the Bees in front for the first time before Baird added a fourth a couple of minutes later. It would have been easy for the Steeldogs heads to go down here, but their tired legs kept going and from somewhere there was a burst of energy. Luka released a bullet of a shot and pulled the Steeldogs within one goal on a power play. Craig Elliott added the equaliser a minute later racing the length of the ice to beat Milton. The longer the game went on, the more the boys had the belief in themselves. They made it to 60 minutes on level terms, 4-4.

A quick breather and a glug of water later it was time to get OT started. Sheffield made a good start on then Bracknell had the advantage as Baird’s penalty expired. There were chances at both ends but once Elliott returned the Dogs to full strength, James Spurr created the chance that gave Elliott the game winning goal. What a game, what a win.

 Bracknell Bees 4-5 Sheffield Steeldogs (OT)

Alex Graham (Sponsored by Jane Applegate) was the Steeldogs man of the match.

You can see the Steeldogs in action next Sunday against the Bracknell Bees. If tonight was anything to go by, it will be one heck of a game.

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