Elite League round-up: Steelers lose ground on Devils

Sheffield Steelers had a mixed weekend as they looked to keep up the pressure on Elite League leaders Cardiff Devils.

Cullen Eddy (above) grabbed the deciding goal as Steelers won 5-4 at home to Nottingham Panthers, but they failed to follow up in Cardiff as the hosts secured an impressive 7-3 victory.

Devils also collected two points against Belfast Giants – Guillaume Doucet’s late empty-netter capping a 5-3 success.

Robert Farmer, Stephen Schultz, Robert Lachowicz and Juraj Kolnik were on target for Panthers in their 4-2 home success against the Giants.

Braehead Clan’s impressive form continued as they sealed a four-point weekend on home ice.

Brendan Brooks (2) topped the scoring in their 6-3 win against Manchester Storm, and he was on the scoresheet again as Clan secured a 3-0 victory over Coventry Blaze – Chris Bruton and Ben Davies got the other goals.

Blaze bounced back with a 4-3 overtime success against Dundee Stars – Mike Quesnele got the winner.

Stars enjoyed better fortunes at Fife Flyers as they sealed a 5-3 win – Justin Faryna weighed in with a couple of goals.

Mathew Sisca (3) and Matt Paton (2) led the scoring for Manchester in their 7-6 win at Edinburgh Capitals, but Storm fell by the same scoreline after a shoot-out at home to Fife – Justin Fox scored the deciding goal.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday

Braehead Clan 6-3 Manchester Storm
Nottingham Panthers 4-2 Belfast Giants

Saturday

Braehead Clan 3-0 Coventry Blaze
Cardiff Devils 5-3 Belfast Giants
Edinburgh Capitals 6-7 Manchester Storm
Fife Flyers 3-5 Dundee Stars
Sheffield Steelers 5-4 Nottingham Panthers

Sunday

Cardiff Devils 7-3 Sheffield Steelers
Coventry Blaze 4-3 Dundee Stars (OT)
Manchester Storm 6-7 Fife Flyers (SO)

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)

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