Telford Tigers maintained their six-point lead at the top of the EPL despite enduring a mixed weekend.
The Tigers lost 6-2 at Basingstoke Bison, but bounced back to win 5-4 at home to Sheffield Steeldogs – Doug Clarkson’s hat-trick goal proved to be the decider.
Lewis Hook and Frantisek Bakrlik got the goals for second-placed MK Lightning in their 2-0 home win against Basingstoke.
Hull Pirates slipped to a shock 8-3 defeat at Bracknell Bees, but had better luck on home ice as they recorded a 5-3 success against Guildford Flames – Andrej Themar (3) topped the scoring.
Ales Padelek grabbed a hat-trick for Peterborough Phantoms as they cruised to an 8-2 home victory over Bracknell.
Swindon Wildcats ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 overtime success at home to Sheffield – Jordan Kelsall bagged the winner.
Manchester Phoenix lost 5-3 at Guildford, but they ended the weekend on a high after Edgars Bebris’ overtime strike sealed a 2-1 home win against Basingstoke.
MK Lightning 2-0 Basingstoke Bison
Basingstoke Bison 6-2 Telford Tigers
Bracknell Bees 8-3 Hull Pirates
Guildford Flames 5-3 Manchester Phoenix
Swindon Wildcats 6-5 Sheffield Steeldogs (OT)
Hull Pirates 5-3 Guildford Flames
Manchester Phoenix 2-1 Basingstoke Bison (OT)
Peterborough Phantoms 8-2 Bracknell Bees
Telford Tigers 5-4 Sheffield Steeldogs
(Image permission: Steve Brodie)