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Yorkshire rivalry at its grittiest

Yorkshire rivalry at its grittiest as the Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs travelled to Lancashire to take on the Leeds Chiefs.

Gospel and Zimozdra took yo their position between the pipes.

The Steeldogs started with pace and intensity, Brown cracking in a first shot and testing Gospel from the off, but he was rewarded with the Dogs opening goal. Leeds stepped up a gear and Kopstals equalised on 9:39. Through the next five minutes it was real end to end hockey with chances for both teams. But Leeds got their heads in front as Barnes was in the right place at the right time. The score remained 2-1 as both teams went in for the break.

Both teams resumed the action and it was to and fro again, Barnes looked dangerous and was a difficult man to deal with on the ice. The Chiefs 88 scored their 3rd goal on 25:35. Sheffield got straight back at the Chiefs, Brownley firing home. This spurred the Dogs on and they found a burst of energy, Griffin getting a few hefty blasts from the blue line, Smith and Bell orchestrating the play during a power play, Graham being a creator and sniper and Salem alongside Brown being a thorn in the Chiefs side. Seconds before the break Meidl added a 4th for Leeds. 4-2

There was work to do in the third and Bell rolled his sleeves up and took up the challenge scoring the Dogs third and beginning a shift in momentum. Salem continued his determined play and got the Steeldogs back on level terms. Sheffield kept up the pace, passion and physicality holding off the Chiefs. Danecek put the Dogs ahead in 51:58 and it was looking like Sheffield night just sneak out with the win. But Zajac’s team has character and of course Yorkshire grit and they dug in again equalising through Bentham with 4 minutes remaining. OT beckoned.

After a couple of minutes of edge of the seat hockey, Barnes called time in the game with his OT winner for the Chiefs and completing his hatrick.

Final score Chiefs 6-5 Steeldogs

Both teams meet again at iceSheffield on Sunday, face off 4:30pm.

Ben Morgan will want to get the W against his counterpart Sam Zajac. Salem will want to get the better of Gospel in goal. And the whole team will want to get out there and battle for the points in front of the home crowd. Be there to support the boys and cheer the Dogs on.

Steeldogs v Chiefs, Sunday hockey not to be missed.

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