Steeldogs seeking consistency

SHEFFIELD, U.K.- In an away weekend, the inconsistent Sheffield Steeldogs lost 4-2 to Milton Keynes Lightning on Saturday Nov. 24. before beating Telford Tigers 3-1 the following day.
 
The Steeldogs started brightly in their game against the Lightning, taking the initiative after 13:08 with a goal from Edgars Bebris.
 
The Sheffield side held their one goal advantage in the first, and carried it into the second period.
 
With Steve Duncombe and Pavel Gomeniuk both serving time in the penalty box for the Steeldogs, the Lightning equalised. Blaz Emersic capitalised on the 5-3 PP at 23:54 to bring his side back level.
 
Milton Keynes made use of the man advantage once more at 35:50. Leigh Jamieson gave the Lightning the lead on the PP whilst Steve Duncombe sat out his 10 minute misconduct penalty.
 
Early in the third period, the Steeldogs fought back to tie the game at 2-2. Steve Duncombe fired home at 44:03 on the PP.
 
However, Milton Keynes new import, Kamil Tvrdek, scored two goals at 45:30 and 53:33 to give his side a 4-2 victory.
 
Derek Campbell was awarded the MOTM for the Sheffield Steeldogs.
 

Steeldogs%27 Derek Campbell claimed the MOTM award against the Milton Keynes Lightning in their 4-2 defeat (picture courtesy of the Sheffield Steeldogs)

Steeldogs%27 Derek Campbell claimed the MOTM award against the Milton Keynes Lightning in their 4-2 defeat (picture courtesy of the Sheffield Steeldogs)

The Sheffield Steeldogs then travelled to Telford on Nov. 25. to face the bottom of the league Tigers.
 
After a goalless first period, the Steeldogs broke the deadlock at 27:04. Derek Campbell provided the finish for the Sheffield side.
 
Stuart Brittle doubled the Steeldogs lead minutes later at 31:25, firing the puck past Tigers’ netminder, Declan Ryan.
 
Minutes later, Telford reduced the deficit to one with a goal at 35:38. Ryan Selwood provided the finish to make it 2-1.
 
Despite increasing pressure from the Tigers on Sheffield netminder, James Flavell, Telford could not convert their 13 chances on goal.
 
With less than two minutes on the clock, the Steeldogs sealed the victory with a goal from Lloyd Gibson at 58:13.
 
The game ended 3-1 to the Sheffield Steeldogs.
 
After only conceding one goal, James Flavell was given the MOTM award.
 
The Steeldogs face another double away weekend next, with the Sheffield side travelling to the home of the Slough Jets on Saturday Dec. 1. before taking on the Bracknell Bees at the Hive on Sunday Dec. 2.
 
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