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Dogs steely performance

Cerys Molloy

There’s a battle for league placing between MK Lightning and the Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs at the moment. The Steeldogs took the early points in the season but MK have had the upper hand in results recently. What would the outcome be tonight?

With Lawday and Zimozdra taking up their positions between the pipes, the game got underway but the goal light was lit early by Stewart and an expectant home crowd waited for more goal action. But it was Sheffield who put in several attacking shifts, in particular during several minutes on the powerplay, the MK defence had their work cut out for them. Towards the end of the period Lightning got second goal through Carlon when the puck bounced in off Ben Morgan’s skates. With seconds remaining in the opening period Vlad Luka grabbed a goal back with a trademark power play rocket, 2-1.

Sheffield made a great start to the period and dug in from the off. They were rewarded with a goal on 27:25 when Jan Danecek struck from the point to capitalise on the extra man. Sheffield showed a tenacious side to their play in this period and competed for every puck, 2-2.

Third period action saw MK get ahead again in the first few minutes, Carlon with his second of the game and the Steeldogs soaked up some pressure but were able to break out and give Lawday a few shots to think about. The game began to have a couple of flash points, Stokes and Spurr sat penalties after a few words, the Steeldogs continued to push on and were rewarded for their persistence with a laser from Luka that hit the back of the net. It was level for a very short time as Lightning struck again through Stewart. Despite digging into their reserves and working hard to the last, Sheffield were defeated.

The game was heated at the end and hand shakes followed a little push and shove which involved most of the players. Will it kick off again tomorrow?

Lightning 4-3 Steeldogs

Man of the match for the Steeldogs was Zimozdra with another great display of net minding.

The Steeldogs are back at it tomorrow against MK Lightning. There’s a bit of an edge to this with plenty of words exchanged in the final moments in MK. Get yourself down to iceSheffield and get behind the Steeldogs as they aim to make sure Lightning doesn’t strike twice this weekend.

Face off is 4:30. Don’t be late!

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