MK Lightning secured their third consecutive four-point weekend with victories over Hull Pirates and Peterborough Phantoms to move to the top of the EPL.
Milan Baranyk grabbed the winner in their 5-4 win at home to the Pirates, while Frantisek Bakrlik (above) hit a hat-trick in Lightning’s 5-2 road success against the Phantoms.
Telford Tigers lost 2-1 after a shoot-out at Swindon Wildcats, but bounced back on home ice with a 4-2 victory over Basingstoke Bison.
That result completed a miserable weekend for the reigning champions who also lost 4-3 after a shoot-out at home to the Phantoms.
Pavel Mrna scored two for Sheffield Steeldogs in their 5-3 win at home to Guildford Flames, but they failed to follow up at Hull as the Pirates sealed a victory by the same scoreline.
Tomasz Malasinski, Jonas Hoog and Ben Davies all scored twice in the Wildcats’ 7-4 road win over the Flames.
Manchester Phoenix crashed 7-2 at home to Bracknell Bees, but they bounced back in the reverse fixture to record a 5-0 success.
Basingstoke Bison 3-4 Peterborough Phantoms (SO)
Manchester Phoenix 2-7 Bracknell Bees
MK Lightning 5-4 Hull Pirates
Sheffield Steeldogs 5-3 Guildford Flames
Swindon Wildcats 2-1 Telford Tigers (SO)
Bracknell Bees 0-5 Manchester Phoenix
Guildford Flames 4-7 Swindon Wildcats
Hull Pirates 5-3 Sheffield Steeldogs
Peterborough Phantoms 2-5 MK Lightning
Telford Tigers 4-2 Basingstoke Bison
(Image permission: Tony Sargent)