Both teams, who complete their three-game series on March 24, have won their opening six games, with the Steeldogs – top of the standings only on goal difference – following up Saturday’s 7-0 thrashing of Bees IHC on home ice with an equally comprehensive 10-4 road win last night.
Meanwhile, Telford did the double over Swindon Wildcats, hammering their hosts 9-2 on Saturday afternoon before returning to Shropshire to win 7-2 24 hours later.
Liam Kirk was the star of the show for the Steeldogs in Slough – the Bees’ new home – scoring four goals, with Jason Hewitt and Alex Graham grabbing two apiece. Jonathan Phillips also got on the scoresheet, with 17-year-old Jack Brammer completing the scoring, while Ben O’Connor weighed in with four assists, adding to his three the previous evening.
Whereas Saturday night’s win on home ice was never in doubt, the Bees were more of a match for the Steeldogs in the first period, who only went in 3-2 ahead through Hewitt’s second of the night at 19.31.
But, similar to the previous evening, a deluge of goals early in the second period determined the outcome of the game, the Steeldogs firing themselves into a 7-2 lead within four minutes of the restart.
On Saturday, two goals apiece for Nathan Salem, Hewitt and Graham, plus one for Ben Lake, ensured the Steeldogs enjoyed a comfortable night.
Defenceman Tim Smith chipped in with two assists, while 18-year-old Graham enjoyed a 2+3 night as the hosts dominated all over the ice.
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