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Dogs lose out in Telford

Telford Tigers v Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday 4th January. Sheffield were missing the three GB under 20s in addition to the injured Dogs. Greg Wood laced up his skates again to add to the roster.

Zimozdra and Day were the starting net minders for the game.

The game got off to a quick start for the Tigers when Florian scored a power play goal on 1:59. From here Telford were dominant for quite some time and Sheffield found it difficult to generate offensive play. Danecek looked lively, on a one on one with Day he fired into the pads, he then capitalised on a pass from Bell and got the Steeldogs on the board. The joy was short lived as the Tigers nudged ahead around two minutes later with a goal from McKenzie. 2-1

The Tigers were quick to settle in the second and began delivering more offensive play. On 24:20 Whistle got the puck to McKinney to dispatch, 3-1. Sheffield picked up their pace and quickly made their way through to Day and Danecek scored a sweet goal to get the Dogs back in. Despite spells of good offence, Sheffield just fell a little short in creativity and at times couldn’t get the final shot on target. Telford went further ahead through McKinney again, five minutes before the break, 4-2

McKinney scored his hat-trick goal on 41:37, this took a little wind out of the sails of the Dogs for a moment, but they regrouped and began to have a busy spell in the Tigers zone. Ripley took the Tigers to task, Bell raced into the zone to create some mischief for Day, Elliott played with grit in the corners and Danecek looked a threat. This team never gave in and despite the tank being almost empty, they found a burst of energy in the closing stages and Thompson capitalised on a Bell pass to score the Steeldogs third goal. After that Danecek tried a wraparound, but Day foiled that attempt. With a glimmer of hope still there, Morgan called his timeout to get the extra skater out there. The Steeldogs had the face off in the Tigers zone, but didn’t keep possession and McKinnon scored the empty net goal and seal a 6-3 win.

Man of the match awards were presented to Zimozdra for a great performance between the pipes and hat-trick hero McKinney.

The Steeldogs are back home tomorrow against Basingstoke Bison at the later time of 6:30pm. Come on down to the Pound and get behind the boys, be loud and proud for the team and show your support for the Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs.

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