SHEFFIELD, U.K.- The Steeldogs only managed to secure two points out of a possible four in their double home fixture weekend, after losing 8-0 to Slough Jets before fighting back to beat league leaders, Basingstoke Bison, 5-4.
The Slough Jets found themselves 5-0 up against the Steeldogs after less than 16 minutes on Saturday Feb. 9.
Frantisek Bakrlik gave the Jets their lead after just 18 seconds. Two goals from Darius Pliskauskas at 2:57 and 13:28 increased their lead to three. The latter of Plisakauskas’ goals was scored on the PP while Steeldogs, Ben Morgan, sat out a cross-checking minor.
With Steeldogs Captain, Greg Wood, in the penalty box for interference, Mindaugas Kieras scored on the resulting PP to make it 4-0. Bakrlik scored his second of the game moments later at 15:53 to extend the deficit to five.
Slava Koulikov scored in the second period at 38:42 to make it 6-0. At 41:29, Koulivkov secured his second of the game before Ciaran Long wrapped up the game’s scoring at 56:28.
After only generating 19 shots on goal in the entire game, a weak Steeldogs performance was capitalised on by a dominant Jets outfit. The game ended 8-0. Ashley Calvert was given the MOTM award for the Steeldogs.
The following day, in their fixture against the Basingstoke Bison, the Sheffield Steeldogs turned the tables, beating the Bison 5-4 in what was a feisty and hard-fought game.
Lubomir Korhon gave the Steeldogs the lead after 12:12. With Andre Payette serving a high-sticking penalty, the Steeldogs scored a shorthanded goal five minutes later, with Edgars Bebris firing home at 17:18.
Early in the second period, tempers flaired, as numerous players from each side went toe to toe. Bison’s Alex Symonds received a game misconduct and Steeldogs Craig Elliot was handed a match penalty for their scuffle.
Lee Haywood of the Sheffield Steeldogs was also given a five minute roughing penalty. The Bison capitalised on the PP, with Doug Sheppard scoring at 23:51.
With Haywood still in the penalty box, Korhon eased the pressure on the Sheffield side, scoring a shorthanded goal to make it 3-1.
Joe Miller pulled a goal back for the Bison at 33:13, only for the Steeldogs to increase their lead once more through Lloyd Gibson at 34:25.
However, the strong Basingstoke side showed why they are top of the league table, netting two goals in the second period to level the scoring. Joe Rand and Nicky Watt scored at 35:44 and 39:17, respectively, to make it 4-4.
With less than 10 minutes left in the third period, Andrew Hirst fired home for the Steeldogs to make it 5-4.
The game ended 5-4 to the Sheffied Steeldogs. Edgars Bebris was given the MOTM award for a strong and hard-working performance.
The Sheffield Steeldogs take to the road next, travelling to Milton Keynes on Saturday Feb. 16. To face the lightning before returning to Sheffield the following day to host the Slough Jets once more.
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