Elite Ice Hockey League: Belfast Giants win to close gap on Nottingham Panthers
Belfast Giants secured a 5-3 victory over Cardiff Devils to narrow the gap at the top of the Elite League standings.
Last Updated: 25/02/13 9:35am
Chad Langlais proved to be the difference for the Giants, scoring twice including a crucial strike late in the third period which killed the contest off.
Cardiff had got off to a dream start as they moved into a 2-0 lead with just 1.45 played before Darryl Lloyd hit back for the visitors.
The Giants turned things around in the second period, scoring twice to take a 3-2 lead, then added a fourth goal in the third. Stuart MacRae pulled one back for the Devils before Langlais finished things off.
Belfast are now just two points behind table-toppers Nottingham, but they have played a game more than the Panthers.
Elsewhere, third-placed Sheffield Steelers also enjoyed an away win, going to Dundee Stars and securing a 3-1 triumph, with Canadian Jeff Legue scoring twice.
Todd Dutiaume scored the decisive goal as Fife Flyers beat Coventry Blaze 3-2 and Sunday's other game finished with the same score, Hull Stingrays seeing off Braehead Clan thanks to three first-period goals.