SHEFFIELD, U.K.- In what has been a tough start to the season for the Sheffield side, on Saturday Sept. 22., the Steeldogs suffered their second defeat in three games, losing to the Bracknell Bees 4-2 at home.
Bracknell quickly got a foothold on the game, putting the Steeldogs down by one after just four minutes. Matt Foord capitalised at 4:04 on the powerplay after Steeldogs’ Derek Campbell picked up penalty, just 17 seconds into the game, for high sticks.
At 13:44, Bracknell’s Lukas Smital broke away from the Steeldogs defence and fired the puck high into the net to put the Bees up by two. Moments later, Rob Lamey made it 3-0 to the Bees at 18:52.
Five minutes into the second period, however, the Steeldogs pulled one back through a rocket-shot from Estonian defender, Dmitri Rodin at 25:17 on a 5-3 powerplay.
A Steeldogs comeback looked on the cards as Captain, Greg Wood, made it 3-2 at 33:26.
Things began to heat up in the third period with Steeldogs’ Derek Campbell and Bracknell’s Marcel Petran going toe-to-toe. The fight began when Campbell stepped in to defend his coach, Andre Payette, after he was checked to the head and into the boards by Petran. Petran sat out the remaining 16 minutes of the period and Payette soon returned to the ice after treatment.
Despite their best efforts, the Steeldogs could not find an equalising goal. Instead, it was the Bees who scored with an empty net goal from Lamey to make it 4-2.
The game finished 4-2 and Rodin was awarded the MOTM.
Player/coach, Andre Payette, said, “ I was very disappointed with the result on Saturday night, when again, we had a slow start and let in three early goals.”
“We are not the type of team who can go down by three goals and keep being able to come back.”
“However, we dominated the 2nd & 3rd periods again and I thought we should have won, but this aspect is something we are working on really hard to correct this week”.
The Steeldogs next host Manchester Phoenix on Friday Sept. 28., and then travel to Peterborough to face the Phantoms on Sunday Sept. 30.
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