Sheffield Steelers are heading into their Christmas showdown with Nottingham Panthers on the back of a six-match winning streak.
They recorded two weekend wins over Hull Stingrays to maintain their position as league leaders.
Tonight, they won 4-3 in east Yorkshire, after leading 3-0 through goals from Colton Fretter, Mathieu Roy and Rob Dowd.
Hull fought back with strikes from Omar Pacha and Eric Galbraith.
Roy scored another but Carl Lauzon made it a nailbiting conclusion.
See fuller account in tomorrow’s Star.
Sunday 21st December
Cardiff Devils 5 Nottingham Panthers 2
Coventry Blaze 6 Fife Flyers 4
Dundee Stars 1 Braehead Clan 4
Edinburgh Capitals 2 Belfast Giants 5
Hull Stingrays 3 Sheffield Steelers 4
Sheffield Steelers 5-2 Hull Stingrays (final)
Top of the league Sheffield Steelers inflicted their fourth win of the season on Hull Stingrays at the Arena last night.
Gerad Adams’ men had beaten Hull 6-3, 3-2 and 4-1 earlier in the campaign.
Last night Steelers were without Jason Hewitt and second-string goalie Geoff Woolhouse.
Two-way forward Luke Ferrara was also out of the Sheffield line-up.
Danny Bois centred the third line, with Rod Sarich and Phil Hill.
Adams had written in the programme of Hull: “Last Saturday they reminded us all of how dangerous they can be with a victory over Belfast.
“The Stingrays deserve and will get our full respect this weekend. Give credit to their coach Omar Pacha who has gelled a brand new team together well. He has bought in some hidden gems.”
And Hull were indeed good value in the opening minutes of a scrappy encounter.
They remained on even terms until Michael Forney buried the puck past David Brown at 11;26.
Hull went further behind when Hill (pictured) set up an easy tap-in for Danny Bois four minutes later.
Hull’s special teams turned the second period on its head.
Cory Tanaka scored on the power play, exploiting some soft defending and then added another short-handed.
But a smartly-taken goal from Jonathan Phillips made it 3-2 - the goal giving the winger a career total of 327 points moving into third place in all-time Steeler scoring in Elite League.
Hull threatened to close the gap again.
But Hill’s shot near the end ensured a home win and Bois’s empty netter confirmed it completely.
Saturday 20th December
Belfast Giants 3 Coventry Blaze 2
Braehead Clan 3 Dundee Stars 4 (PS)
Nottingham Panthers 1 Fife Flyers 5
Sheffield Steelers 5 Hull Stingrays 2
Sunday 21st December
Cardiff Devils v Nottingham Panthers – 6.00pm
Coventry Blaze v Fife Flyers – 6.00pm
Dundee Stars v Braehead Clan – 6.30pm
Edinburgh Capitals v Belfast Giants – 5.45pm
Hull Stingrays v Sheffield Steelers – 6.00pm