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Dogs bite back and take the Win

The Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs had back to back games with local rivals Leeds Chiefs and all to play for in a thrilling battle for Yorkshire pride.

After the disappointment of the OT loss the night before, the Steeldogs picked up their sticks and skated with intent to put right the result from the previous game.

Two superb goalies faced each other at the opposite end of the rink. Battle lines were drawn and the game got underway. Leeds got into their game early and for the first few minutes controlled the play. They were rewarded with a goal from Meidl after 4:25 and the Sheffield bench must have thought ‘not this line again’. However, this seemed to give Sheffield an injection of determination. Wave after wave of possession, forward pressure and shots on goal saw the Dogs pull level at 10:54 with Alex Graham taking advantage of Gospel trying to play the puck from behind his own net. The Steeldogs continued their positive play and pushed the Chiefs every time they made it into the offensive zone. Graham was rewarded again on 17:02 with good finish and this took the Dogs into the break 2-1 up.

The second period saw Sheffield continue their relentless efforts in the offensive zone. For a short while the Chiefs were pegged back and found it hard to break out. The Dogs defence did their work well and kept the Chiefs danger line at bay. But Sheffield just kept going. Luka added the third goal for the Dogs after good work from Thompson and around four minutes later Nathan Salem posted his mandatory goal - signed, sealed... delivered. A dominant period for the Steeldogs. 4-1

Sheffield continued the third period as they left off in the second and the fifth goal came from Relf, as he left the penalty box and took a clearance to beat Gospel at the second attempt. At this point Warburton took his place in goal for the Dogs for the remainder of the game. Old boy Charnock scored a second for the Chiefs but it was too little too late as the Steeldogs clamped down on anything the Chiefs threw at them.

Final score: Steeldogs 5-2 Chiefs

Man of the match awards were presented to Kopstals for Leeds and Graham (sponsored by Jane Applegate) for Sheffield.

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