Elite League round-up: Devils go seven points clear

Cardiff Devils extended their lead at the top of the Elite League to seven points after recording a pair of victories.

Patrick Asselin (2) led the way as the Devils came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Sheffield Steelers and they followed up with a 4-3 home success against Braehead Clan.

The Steelers bounced back with a 5-1 home victory over Belfast Giants – Jesse Schultz (2) topped the scoring.

Chris Higgins grabbed the winner for Belfast as they secured a 4-3 shoot-out win at Dundee Stars.

Matt Beca’s goal sealed a 5-4 win for Braehead at Manchester, but the Storm ended the weekend on a high after a 3-0 home success against Fife Flyers.

Coventry Blaze had a miserable time in Scotland, losing 5-1 at Dundee, 4-3 at Fife and 8-2 at Edinburgh Capitals.

Nottingham Panthers progressed to the Continental Cup final after winning their weekend round-robin tournament in Denmark.

Corey Neilson’s team defeated hosts Odense Bulldogs 5-4 and added a 4-3 victory over French side Ducs d’Angers.

Ukrainian champions HC Donbass beat the Panthers 3-1 in their last game, but six points was enough to win the group.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday

Dundee Stars 5-1 Coventry Blaze
Nottingham Panthers 5-4 Odense Bulldogs (Continental Cup)
Sheffield Steelers 2-4 Cardiff Devils

Saturday

Dundee Stars 3-4 Belfast Giants (SO)
Fife Flyers 4-3 Coventry Blaze
Manchester Storm 4-5 Braehead Clan
Nottingham Panthers 4-3 Ducs d’Angers (Continental Cup)

Sunday

Cardiff Devils 4-3 Braehead Clan
Edinburgh Capitals 8-2 Coventry Blaze
Manchester Storm 3-0 Fife Flyers
Nottingham Panthers 1-3 HC Donbass (Continental Cup)
Sheffield Steelers 5-1 Belfast Giants

(Image permission: Richard Murray)

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