Win and a loss for Steeldogs

SHEFFIELD, U.K.- The Sheffield Steeldogs endured a rollercoaster home double weekend, losing 5-3 to Swindon Wildcats on Saturday Jan 5. before beating Basingstoke Bison 4-3 (OT Pens) the following day.
Andrew Hirst gave the Steeldogs the lead early on in their game against the Wildcats, rounding the Swindon netminder, Dean Skinns, at 2:20 to make it 1-0.
The Wildcats equalised just 15 seconds later at 2:35 through Nicky Watt. Swindon Captain, Aaron Nell made it 2-1 minutes later at 5:14. Matias Perkkio put the Wildcats up 3-1 at 18:59.
Pavel Gomeniuk closed the gap early in the second period. A goal at 23:35 from the Steeldogs defenceman made it 3-2.
The Steeldogs tied the game at 35:20. Lubomir Korhon provided the equalising finish.
At 46:25, Swindon took the initiative through Jonas Hoog, who made it 4-3 to the visitors.
Despite pressure from the Sheffield side, they couldn’t find a way past Skinns. The Wildcats wrapped the game up at 59:58 with an empty net goal from Jan Melichar.
The game ended 5-3 to Swindon. Lubomir Korhon was given the MOTM award.
Another early goal for the Steeldogs in the game against the Bison was once again quickly cancelled out by the visiting side. Steeldogs Captain, Greg Wood’s, goal at 7:44 was swiftly answered by Basingstoke’s Doug Sheppard at 8:09.
The Bison then took the lead at 16:12 through Greg Chambers.
Joe Rand put the Bison up 3-1 in the second period with a goal at 25:17.
Greg Wood found his second of the game at 36:05 on the PP, while Basingstoke’s Andrew Melachrino served a two minute minor for hooking.
The Steeldogs scored a dramatic late equaliser at 57:24. Defenceman, Lee Haywood, fired the puck home to send his team into OT.
With no team able to find the decisive goal in OT, the game went to penalties.
Gomeniuk and Greg Wood scored their penalties for the Steeldogs while Bison’s Chambers and Cesky missed to give the Sheffield side the win.
The game ended 4-3 (OT Pens) to the Steeldogs. Korhon was given the MOTM award for the second game running.  
The Steeldogs next face a double weekend against the Peterborough Phantoms, first at home on Saturday Jan. 12, before travelling to Peterborough on Sunday Jan. 13.
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