Elite League round-up: Devils bounce back after Panthers rout

Cardiff Devils had their eight-game winning running halted in spectacular fashion by Nottingham Panthers on Saturday, but bounced back with a hard-fought shoot-out success against Sheffield Steelers the following day.

The Elite League leaders started their double-header on home ice with an 8-0 defeat against Nottingham, before returning to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Sheffield.

Patrick Asselin’s goal sealed the points for the Devils who are now ten points clear of Belfast Giants.

Colin Shields and Michael Forney got on the scoresheet in Belfast’s 2-1 home success against the Steelers, while Chris Higgins and Matt Nickerson made it a four-point weekend with the goals in a 2-1 victory at Manchester Storm.

Scott Pitt (2) and Matt Keith were on target for Braehead in their 3-2 win at home to Edinburgh Capitals and Clan followed up with a 4-3 success at Dundee Stars – Alex Leavitt (2) topped the scoring.

Coventry Blaze triumphed 4-1 on home ice against Dundee, but they failed to add a second victory at Nottingham as the hosts came from 5-3 down to seal a 6-5 victory after a shoot-out.

Fife Flyers endured a miserable weekend, losing 2-0 at home to Manchester and 6-3 at Edinburgh – Ian Schultz hit a hat-trick for the Capitals.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Saturday

Belfast Giants 2-1 Sheffield Steelers
Braehead Clan 3-2 Edinburgh Capitals
Cardiff Devils 0-8 Nottingham Panthers
Coventry Blaze 4-1 Dundee Stars
Fife Flyers 0-2 Manchester Storm

Sunday

Cardiff Devils 3-2 Sheffield Steelers (SO)
Dundee Stars 3-4 Braehead Clan
Edinburgh Capitals 6-3 Fife Flyers
Manchester Storm 1-2 Belfast Giants
Nottingham Panthers 6-5 Coventry Blaze (SO)

(Image permission: Richard Murray)

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