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ICE HOCKEY LIVE: Sheffield Steeldogs v Swindon Wildcats

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  • Sheffield Steeldogs 4-5 Swindon Wildcats (after penalty shootout)
  • Dogs scorers: Lee Haywood, Lubomir Korhon, Andre Payette, Andrew Hirst
  • Cats scorers: Jan Kostal, Alex Symonds, Henri Sandvik, Jonas Hoog
  • Ryan Watt scores winning penalty shot to hand Wildcats a four-point weekend
  • Swindon stunned the Steeldogs 8-1 in a feisty encounter at the Link Centre last night
  • Get involved using #wildcatslive
  • Reporting by NED PAYNE

9:03pm

Well, that"s all we've got time for tonight. What a game that was. A full report and reaction will be in the Adver tomorrow and I will see you for another Ice Hockey Live in Telford on Tuesday.

8:59pm

EPL RESULTS (FULL)

Telford 2 Slough 4, Manchester 5 Basingstoke 2, Peterborough 2 Guildford 3, Bracknell 4 Milton Keynes 1.

8:55pm

GAME-WINNER RYAN WATT HAS HIS SAY

"Every point we can get right now is massive and to get two points in Sheffield is great.

"We need as many points as we can to climb up into a play-off position.

"To score the goal that won it, I was absolutely pumped."

8:50pm

WILDCATS HEAD COACH RYAN ALDRIDGE REFLECTS ON TONIGHT'S VICTORY

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge

"It was a great win, especially under the circumstances, it was a great battle.

"They tied it up twice but we didn't press the panic button and went on to win.

"All-round I think we've had a great weekend and we've got to carry it on now."

8:20pm

Player reaction to come. Stay tuned...

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8:18pm

Right, time to scoot downstairs to try and make sense of that game with the Wildcats players. Keep an eye on this liveblog for reaction.

8:17pm

EPL RESULTS

Telford 2 Slough 4, Peterborough 2 Guildford 3.

8:16pm

Watt was straight over to the army of Wildcats supporters in the corner to celebrate. Nice touch.

8:15pm

This game is bonkers. I need a lie down.

8:14pm

Hoog is Swindon's man of the match.

8:12pm

He fired low past Sedlar's left pad having scooted to the left and cut back in. Great goal.

8:11pm

Unbelievable scenes. It had to be Watt didn't it? It just had to be.

8:11pm

AND HE'S DONE IT!

8:10pm

And Lee Haywood is off-target. Up steps Ryan Watt.

8:10pm

But the puck flies wide!

8:10pm

Gibson shoots limply past the left post. Here is Harding.

8:09pm

It's not to be. Sedlar kept his cool.

8:09pm

Lyle saves from Chambers. Fojtik to win it?

8:08pm

Hoog dumps Sedlar on his backside and taps in.

8:08pm

WHAT A GOAL!

8:08pm

Hoog has to score.

8:07pm

Lyle watches Wood all the way and saves.

8:07pm

Sedlar blocks from Nell. The Dogs just need to score now to win it.

8:07pm

Lyle pads wide from Lewis Bell.

8:06pm

Sedlar saves from Kostal. Advantage Dogs.

8:06pm

Calvert beats Lyle low. 1-0 Dogs.

8:05pm

How are your nails?

8:04pm

PENALTY SHOOTOUT

8:04pm

8:04pm

Thirty seconds.

8:03pm

One minute left of OT.

8:02pm

8:02pm

PENALTY KILLED

8:01pm

Just 16 seconds left to kill.

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8:00pm

There are 53 seconds left to kill.

8:00pm

Huge slapshot from Davidson. Lyle saves and then there's a pile-up in front of the net.

7:58pm

DOGS POWERPLAY

Too many imports on the ice for Swindon.

7:58pm

Bit of a frantic moment in front of the Cats goal. The visitors survive.

7:57pm

OT UNDERWAY

7:56pm

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7:56pm

Whoever loses this, it's going to be an absolute sickener.

7:55pm

The arena is virtually silent.

7:54pm

We are going to overtime.

7:53pm

There are 21 seconds left.

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One minute.

7:52pm

Lyle keeps out a huge slapshot from Wood.

7:50pm

GOAL! Sheffield 4 Wildcats 4, 57.55

There's barely two minutes to go and Hirst comes to the rescue for the hosts, jamming the puck past Lyle who didn't stand a chance of keeping it out.

7:49pm

Are you talking to me?

7:48pm

Three minutes.

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Four minutes left to hang on. Swindon on the brink of a four-point weekend.

7:44pm

GOAL! Sheffield 3 Wildcats 4, 53.38, PP

The dream combo are at it again and is that the winner? Nell lasers into the danger zone from the left wing and Hoog gets a faint touch on it to send it into the right corner.

7:43pm

Just over six minutes left.

7:42pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Greg Wood called.

7:41pm

Lyle sees a Gibson shot from the left wing very late and does exceptionally well to glove it.

7:40pm

Er...

7:39pm

GOAL! Sheffield 3 Wildcats 3, 49.33

The lead lasts all of 22 seconds as Payette (who else?) squeezes the puck in at Lyle's near post.

7:37pm

GOAL! Sheffield 2 Wildcats 3, 49.11

Wonderful bit of interplay between Kostal and Sandvik as the pair charge away on the rush. The former tees up the latter from the left wing and Sandvik sends the puck low to Sedlar's left.

7:33pm

It"s been a bit quiet for the last couple of minutes.

7:31pm

There are 13 minutes left of the third period. Sheffield looking slightly the more likely.

7:29pm

Lloyd Gibson blasts over.

7:27pm

Sheffield have began the third in determined mood.

7:26pm

PENALTY KILLED

7:25pm

7:23pm

DOGS POWERPLAY

Watt called. Not his first offence of the night.

7:22pm

This is about hockey now. Forget the nonsense. All Swindon need is a goal. How hard can it be?

7:21pm

7:21pm

THIRD PERIOD UNDER WAY

7:20pm

The big man is most definitely up for it.

7:19pm

We will be back under way shortly.

7:16pm

So, do we think there will be a punch-up in the third? I'm saying yes.

7:14pm

It is a lesson we all have to learn.

7:14pm

All very jolly hockey sticks.

7:13pm

The zamboni is out.

7:07pm

Absolutely fascinated to see what happens in the third. Really can't call it.

7:06pm

EPL LATEST

Telford 2 Slough 3, Manchester 4 Basingstoke 1, Peterborough 1 Guildford 2, Bracknell 3 Milton Keynes 1.

7:05pm

I think there might be a riot in the corridor between the changing rooms if Swindon win this.

7:04pm

7:03pm

END OF THE SECOND PERIOD

7:03pm

7:02pm

That was a good call then...

7:02pm

One minute left of the second period.

7:01pm

Payette and Watt both called.

7:00pm

GOAL! Sheffield 2 Wildcats 2, 37.11, PP

Aaron Nell's fizzing shot is too hot for Dalibor Sedlar to handle and Alex Symonds of all people has the simple task of tucking the loose puck into an empty net. Sedlar stays down for some time after but eventually gets to his feet.

6:57pm

CATS POWERPLAY

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Just over three minutes left of the second.

6:55pm

PENALTY KILLED

6:53pm

Just before the powerplay, Sandvik nearly found Kostal for a tap-in. Sandvik has been very lively tonight.

6:52pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Edgars Bebris is called for hooking.

6:52pm

Payette semi-grabs Watt. The officials are straight in. BOOOOOOOOOORING.

6:51pm

Don't forget to keep those thoughts flying in #wildcatslive

6:50pm

6:47pm

Nine minutes left in the second period.

6:46pm

PENALTY KILLED

6:45pm

6:45pm

FIVE ON FOUR

Moore and Payette are out of the box.

6:44pm

FOUR ON THREE

Alex Symonds is called.

6:41pm

FOUR ON FOUR

Moore and Payette go into the box, both for roughing.

6:41pm

Watt conversing with Payette.

6:39pm

GOAL! Sheffield 2 Wildcats 1, 23.58, PP

With two seconds left of the powerplay, Adam Harding sends a simple pass across goal and Kostal is in the right place to grab his fifth goal of the weekend.

6:37pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Calvert called for slashing.

6:36pm

Ashley Calvert has Jan Kostal by the throat. I wouldn't try that son.

6:30pm

SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY

6:29pm

The players are back out.

6:25pm

Apologies for the lack of a poll tonight. A technical problem spoiled our fun, unfortunately.

6:23pm

Not long to wait now. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that Wildcats locker room right now.

6:23pm

Not long to wait now. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that Wildcats locker room right now.

6:20pm

It looks like things have calmed down. That said, I wouldn't be absolutely confident it's not going to kick off again.

6:19pm

Agreed. Swindon were very tame in the attacking zone. Not good enough I'm afraid.

6:18pm

The zamboni is out. We're about 10 minutes away from resuming.

6:18pm

EPL LATEST

Telford 0 Slough 1, Manchester 2 Basingstoke 0, Peterborough 0 Guildford 1, Bracknell 0 Milton Keynes 0.

6:14pm

Cats skipper Shane Moore is having a word with the officials, which is not an unusual sight.

6:13pm

Well, that was interesting.

6:13pm

END OF THE FIRST PERIOD

6:12pm

Sandvik fires just over.

6:12pm

BOTH SIDES BACK TO FULL STRENGTH

6:11pm

Two minutes left of the first period.

6:10pm

FOUR ON FOUR

Craig Elliott and Hoog both sit, the Swindon man for slashing.

6:09pm

Ollie Betteridge loses the puck in front of goal and Andrew Hirst nearly makes him pay. Lyle to the rescue.

6:08pm

PENALTY KILLED

6:07pm

Cats have not been good in the attacking zone so far.

6:06pm

Swindon have 1.06 of the powerplay left.

6:05pm

6:05pm

CATS POWERPLAY

6:05pm

FOUR ON FOUR

Korhon off for slashing.

6:04pm

DOGS POWERPLAY

For a smidge over a minute.

6:03pm

FOUR ON FOUR

Hoog sits for hooking.

6:01pm

The PA is not the best here. Bear with me on penalty calls.

6:01pm

6:01pm

CATS POWERPLAY

Bell binned.

6:00pm

If you weren't here for the first three minutes, you would think this was a pretty tame game of hockey so far.

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With the goal at his mercy, Korhon swipes at thin air. He had Stevie Lyle beaten all ends up.

5:58pm

I've finally caught up with the penalties for the early carnage. Here they are.

Payette gets 2+2 roughing, Lewis gets 2+2 roughing. Aldridge gets 2+2+2 roughing +2 for boarding and 2+10 for checking to the head

5:54pm

Korhon goes mighty close to making it 3-0. Probably should have scored.

5:53pm

Ever since one of the craziest openings to a game I've ever seen, it's been remarkably quiet.

5:52pm

5:52pm

General manager Steve Nell appears to be bench coaching for Swindon tonight.

5:51pm

Has this game been eventful enough for you so far?

5:50pm

GOAL! Sheffield 2 Wildcats 0, 2.06

Cats can't get the puck out and it's Lubomir Korhon who forces the puck home from close range.

5:47pm

GOAL! Sheffield 1 Wildcats 0, 0.27, PP

Just seven seconds after the face-off, the puck skids across the face of goal and Lee Haywood taps in a simple finish.

5:44pm

DOGS POWERPLAY

After all that, Aldridge has been binned.

5:43pm

That took all of 20 seconds.

5:42pm

Aldridge goes into the back of Craig Elliott and Payette is straight in there with some brutal punches. Aldridge gives his best but that's a home win. Meanwhile, Ryan Watt and Lewis Bell have dropped the gloves and are going hell for leather. Watty wins it.

5:40pm

CARNAAAAAAAAAAGE!

5:39pm

FIRST PERIOD UNDER WAY

Seconds out...

5:38pm

Huddles.

5:37pm

Anthem.

5:36pm

Three hat-tricks in three home games is pretty good going, I must admit.

5:36pm

Payette is roundly booed by the Swindon fans.

5:35pm

5:35pm

And here come the Steeldogs players.

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5:34pm

One of Ryan's favourite sayings (he's used it more than once at least) is 'it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog".

5:32pm

The Swindon players have stepped on to the ice and everything has been plunged into darkness.

5:32pm

TONIGHT'S FIXTURES

Telford v Slough, Manchester v Basingstoke, Peterborough v Guildford, Bracknell v Milton Keynes.

5:31pm

ROUGH WITH THE SMOOTH

The only real bummer for Swindon last night was that Telford, Peterborough and Bracknell - all teams around Wildcats in the table - also earned themselves wins. Damn nuisance, that. Ah well.

5:29pm

Here are the officials. I hope they aren't expecting a quiet night.

5:29pm

ALL THE BEST THINGS COME IN THREES

Swindon Advertiser: Czech ice hockey forward Jan Kostal who has joined Swindon Wildcats (2630597)

Having both scored hat-tricks last night, Kostal and Nell are having their own personal duel to top the Swindon treble chart. Both now have three hat-tricks in 2013/14 with Nell having achieved the feat in three consecutive home games. Two of Kostal's came against Sheffield. Who are Swindon playing tonight, again?

5:28pm

5:28pm

For all that happened last night, there aren't too many Sheffield supporters here this evening. A sprinkling of Wildcats supporters have made the trip. 

5:26pm

Could be more boxing than wrestling...

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5:25pm

Keep those thoughts flying in please. You are doing a great job #wildcatslive

5:25pm

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Swindon have a rather impressive 3-1 win-loss record over Sheffield so far this season and the last time they journeyed up to South Yorkshire they emerged narrow 2-1 winners thanks in no small part to an organised and mean display in the defensive zone. They were missing Henri Sandvik that night as well, don't forget.

5:22pm

It was definitely a bit of psychological warfare from Payette in the warm-up. He was doing his utmost to shake Watt up.

5:21pm

I expect a few powerplay goals, put it that way.

5:19pm

LYLE BELIEVES IN CATS QUALITY

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Wildcats' Stevie Lyle

Here's Wildcats netminder Stevie Lyle.

“There are a few teams that are only just above us right now and after next weekend we could be having a different conversation.

“I’ve had a look through the schedule and we have around 20-odd games left and we’re capable of putting 15 wins together between now and the end of the season.

"We’ve got a lot more depth now, it’s just about playing for that full 60 minutes.”

5:18pm

Good to see that plenty of you are having your say using #wildcatslive on Twitter. Keep it up.

5:17pm

5:16pm

Nerves are on the line tonight, without a doubt. This game has an edge.

5:16pm

5:15pm

Aldridge is taking part in the warm-up. Interesting.

5:15pm

CZECH-IN TIME

Swindon Advertiser: Tomas Fojtik

As exclusively revealed by the Adver this week, Tomas Fojtik has verbally agreed to remain with Wildcats until the end of the regular season. The Czech will also take part in the play-offs if he manages 15 appearances before then. Here's what head coach Ryan Aldridge had to say about the whole thing.

"He will bring some different elements to our line-up - maybe we will have two import D one night and one import D another night. There’s lots of angles to go against different teams.

“He’s excited to come in and help us until the end of the year and there’s pressure on our Brits to be good now.

“We’re looking at every way to make this team play better.”

5:13pm

I forgot to mention that Loris Taylor ices for Swindon tonight. My apologies, Loris.

5:11pm

Dear Ryan Watt. Look who's behind you!

5:11pm

LAST NIGHT

Swindon come into this game off the back of an absolute mauling of the Steeldogs at the Link Centre 24 hours ago. Jan Kostal bagged four goals and Aaron Nell a hat-trick (more on those two later), while Ryan Watt scored Wildcats' other goal in the 8-1 win. Greg Chambers got Sheffield's consolation. It was a fairly tasty game, to put it mildly.

5:10pm

How long before the first fight do we think? Three seconds?

5:09pm

How long before the first fight do we think? Three seconds?

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5:08pm

TEAM NEWS

Swindon Advertiser: Aku Pekkarinen

For Swindon, Aku Pekkarinen (above) is rested with Tomas Fojtik filling his fellow import's spot on the blue line. Forward Sam Smith, who had a bump on the head in practice in midweek, is still sidelined. As you have probably gathered, Payette ices for the Dogs.

5:04pm

We're minutes into the practice and Dogs player-coach Andre Payette is having a frank exchange of views with Ryan Watt already. All the players are surrounding them. It could be carnage tonight. This of course dates back to last night when Watt was fairly active in the fighting department, shall we say.

5:01pm

Any second now, the usual neat pool will appear below. What's going to happen tonight?

4:59pm

GET INVOLVED USING #WILDCATSLIVE

Your involvement is vital to Ice Hockey Live and we want you to let us know your thoughts on all things Wildcats-related. This can be about anything, whether it be the performances of the defencemen, Swindon's play-off prospects or simply how much you love Jan Kostal. All you have to do is use #wildcatslive on Twitter and/or tag me in (@nedpayne1) and I will endeavour to include your thoughts. You can comment before, during and after the game and you can also get your opinion off your chest in the comments section below. There is absolutely no reason not to have your say and you can be as controversial as you like (but please keep it clean).

4:55pm

Here we go then. Tonight's game in Sheffield is the first of three away games in six days. With trips to Telford and Coventry (for Milton Keynes) in the offing, I'm going to be clocking up mileage quicker than Eddie Stobart's keenest lorry driver, but there's no need for you to follow suit. Just keep your eyes trained for liveblogs and I will bring you all the facts you need to know.

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