Elite Ice Hockey League: Belfast Giants battle back to topple Braehead Clan
Braehead Clan were left to wonder what could have been as they suffered a 4-3 overtime loss to the Belfast Giants.
Last Updated: 28/12/12 7:08am
Despite having a short bench the visitors almost claimed the victory - having led the defending league champions three times.
The Clan took the lead through Matt Haywood before Gregory Stewart levelled for the Giants.
Drew Miller restored the lead for Braehead, only for the Giants to get back on level terms for a second time through Kevin Saurette.
Davide Nicoletti netted at 31.43 to make it 3-2 to the Clan but the Giants forced overtime when Rob Sandrock netted.
And it was Stewart who snatched the winning goal in sudden-death overtime.
The Cardiff Devils gained revenge on the Coventry Blaze as they recorded a 6-3 win.
The Devils had lost to the Blaze 24 hours but four goals in the final period saw them clinch victory.
Chris Blight had given the Devils the lead at 12.30, but 61 seconds later the hosts were level as Dustin Cameron found the net.
The Devils regained the lead with 23 seconds of the first period remaining as Kenton Smith slotted home but it was all square again when Russell Cowley scored.
The Devils, though, cut loose in the third period as a brace from Ben Davies, player-coach Gerad Adams and Jesse Gimblett all netted before Matt Beleskey scored a late consolation.
The Fife Flyers also recorded a 6-3 victory as they saw off the Dundee Stars.
Kriss Hogg opened the scoring at 3.18 for the Flyers, before Stars player-coach Jeff Hutchins levelled matters.
Casey Haines put the Flyers back in front before the hosts moved into a commanding lead in the second period.
Bobby Chaumont and Kyle Horne netted to put Fife 4-1 up only for the Stars to stage a fightback through goals from Mike Wirll and Sammi Ryhanen.
John Dolan, though, netted twice to put the game beyond doubt - although Fife didn't have things their own way, with the home goaltender was the busier in the third period.
Hull Stingrays clinched a 1-0 win over Edinburgh Capitals thanks to Jereme Tendler's first period stike.
Sheffield Steelers stunned the table-topping Nottingham Panthers as they romped to a 9-4 victory.
The Steelers, who had lost on a penalty shoot-out in Nottingham on Wednesday, opened the scoring through Chris Frank.
And although Matthew Myers got the Panthers back on level terms, Ashley Tait (2), Tyler Michel and Drew Fata put Sheffield in control.
The visitors pulled one back with a strike from Pat Galivan only for Tait to complete his hat-trick.
David Clarke netted a third for the Panthers but Rod Sarich, Michel and Jonathan Phillips ended hopes of a fightback, with Galivan's second at 58.37 no more than a mere consolation.