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Deeside Dragons: Steve Fellows wants first loss to act as ‘kick up the backside’

STEVE Fellows wants Deeside Dragons’ first defeat of the season to act as a ‘kick up the backside’ to his ill-disciplined and over-confident players.

After three straight victories the Dragons were brought crashing back down to earth on Sunday when lost a physical clash 3-1 at home to Sheffield Senators.

A disastrous second period, in which they collected a mammoth 44 penalty minutes, cost the hosts dear.

But player head coach Fellows also believes his table-topping team underestimated a young and impressive Senators side.

He said: “It was very disappointing and it still hurts.

“The simple fact is we threw the game away in the second period. We gave all those penalty minutes away and they scored two goals.

“Their game plan was to provoke us and it worked. What was disappointing was that the ref seemed to miss the first hit but then see our guys retaliate.

“We knuckled down in the third period, dominated the game and stop retaliating.

“We ended the game having out-shot them despite giving away all those penalties and playing most of the second period with one or two men down.

“We were the better team when it was five-versus-five but maybe it’s the kick up the backside we needed.

“We maybe underestimated them a little because they proved to be a very good team.”

The Dragons, who finished Sunday’s match with 76 penalty minutes compared to Sheffield’s 10, remain top of National Ice Hockey League North Two in spite of the shock loss.

They take a break from league action this weekend as they welcome North One outfit Telford Titans to the Deeside Ice Rink on Sunday for a Challenge game (6.30pm).

Fellows, who is nursing bruised ribs after the Senators battle, said: “We’ve got to not feel sorry for ourselves and regroup for what should be a really good match.”

Aaron Davies was the Dragons’ goalscorer against Sheffield and rookie netminder George Cox their man-of-the-match.