SHEFFIELD, U.K.- The Sheffield Steeldogs continued to improve their recent run of form, securing their second consecutive win in a resounding 8-4 victory over local rivals, Manchester Phoenix.
The Steeldogs found themselves 3-0 up after just 10 minutes in the first period. A PP goal from Captain, Greg Wood, while Ondrej Pozivil sat out a holding minor, gave the Sheffield side the lead at 4:18.
Goals from Andrew Hirst and Edgars Bebris, at 6:56 and 10:54 respectively, put the Steeldogs up 3-0.
Two quick fire goals from the Phoenix at 15:30 and 16:48, from Anthony Hand and Michal Psurny, brought the Manchester side back to within one at the end of the first period.
The Steeldogs quickly increased their lead in the second period. An early goal from Lubomir Korhon at 21:04 made it 4-2.
The resilient Phoenix fought back once again to keep themselves in the game. Pozivil fired the puck past Steeldogs netminder, James Flavell, at 26:06 to make it 4-3.
Danny Wood restored the Steeldogs two goal cushion with a goal at 31:18, only for their lead to be reduced once more at 34:02 by ex-Steeldogs forward, Derek Campbell.
Korhon fired home his second of the game shorthanded at 38:23, while teammate Pavel Gomeniuk worked off a boarding minor, to bring an end to the second period scoring, with the score at 6-4.
The Steeldogs wrapped up the game in the third period, with Bebris and Hirst doubling their tallies at 46:47 and 51:41 respectively.
The game ended 8-4 to the Sheffield Steeldogs. Korhon was given the MOTM award for his two goals and three assists.
After the game, Steeldogs Coach, Andre Payette, said, “ It was probably our best game of the season,”
“All three lines were firing and it was good to see the team produce so much offence,”
“It was a great note to end 2012 on and we look forward to the New Year,”
The Sheffield Steeldogs next face the Swindon Wildcats and Basingstoke Bison in back-to-back home games on Jan. 5 and 6.
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