Paul Swindlehurst (2) led the way in their 4-0 home victory against Coventry Blaze, and Panthers followed up in style with a 4-1 success at Sheffield Steelers – David Clarke, Evan Mosey, Geoff Waugh and Andy Bohmbach got the goals.
Cardiff Devils are second after also picking up a pair of wins. Joey Martin (2) and Tomas Kurka (2) helped the Welsh club to a 6-3 home success against Belfast Giants, while Guillaume Doucet (2) topped the scoring in their 6-2 victory at Manchester Storm.
Braehead Clan were left stunned at home by Sheffield after seeing the visitors overturn a three-goal deficit in the final period to secure a remarkable win.
Clan led 8-5 with seven minutes gone in the third session, before Steelers replaced netminder Marek Pinc with Brad Day to spark their comeback.
Tyler Mosienko, Robert Dowd and Mathieu Roy tied things up and the game went to overtime. After a scoreless extra period Steelers held their nerve in the shoot-out to seal a 9-8 success – Chris Lawrence grabbed the decider.
Clan’s weekend misery was completed at Coventry as they slipped to a 6-3 defeat – James Jorgensen and Brett Robinson with two each led the scoring for Blaze.
Ricards Birzinsh, Matt Paton and Matt Caria bagged the goals for Manchester as they completed a 3-1 road win at Fife Flyers. The Scottish outfit ended the weekend with a 4-2 defeat at Edinburgh Capitals.
Jason Gray’s overtime strike secured a 3-2 win for Dundee Stars at home to Edinburgh, and they followed up with a 3-2 shoot-out success at Belfast in the Elite Challenge Cup.
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