Belfast Giants 5 Sheffield Steelers 2

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Sheffield Steelers took an early lead at Belfast Giants tonight - but despite a tight finish they ended up empty handed.

At 5;53 Sheffield captain Steve Goertzen scored at the Odyssey.

Just 54 seconds later, ex Steeler Colin Shields levelled.

And by 7;07 Belfast had turned the game on its head with Robby Sandrock putting the Irish ahead.

Tim Spencer is a quality fighter and he hurt Adam Keefe in a mid-ice battle at 11.54.

The game was nip-and-tuck, but Belfast increased their advantage with a killer third, when Shields popped in his his second of the night at 39.55.

But Jeff Legue halved their lead to 3-2 with 1.40 left.

Steelers hooked their goalie looking for the equaliser.

But Sandrock scored an Empty Net Goal - and Giants’ Kevin Saurette rubbed it in with another ENG 24 seconds later to make it a flattering scoreline for Doug Christiansen’s former team.

*Full wrap up in Monday’s Star.

Results:

Elite League

Hull Stingrays 7 Edinburgh Capitals 1

Belfast Giants 5 Sheffield Steelers 2

Cardiff Devils 4 Nottingham Panthers 2

Fife Flyers 7 Braehead Clan 6 (OT)

Fixtures:

Sunday 15th December 2013

Elite League/Challenge Cup Q/F 1st leg

Nottingham Panthers v Braehead Clan – 4.00pm

Elite League

Coventry Blaze v Sheffield Steelers – 5.15pm

Edinburgh Capitals v Dundee Stars – 6.00pm

* The line-up for the Challenge Cup quarter-final has now been confirmed.

Belfast Giants (1A) v Hull Stingrays (4B)

Dundee Stars (2A) v Sheffield Steelers (3B)

Nottingham Panthers (1B) v Braehead Clan (4A)

Cardiff Devils (2B) v Fife Flyers (3A)

Quarter-final matches will take place over two legs.

The semi-finals will see the winner of Nottingham against Braehead play Dundee or Sheffied, while the winner of Belfast versus Hull will meet either Cardiff or Fife.