Nottingham Panthers 2-3 Sheffield Steelers (After Overtime)

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Happy Christmas Sheffield Steelers fans!

The players made pretty sure of that with a festive double win over Nottingham Panthers.

Last night they wrecked the Yeletide celebrations of the majority of the 7,000 in the NIC with an overtime winner from Stefan Meyer.

Rob Sirianni and Jonathan Boxill traded early goals in the first 12 minutes.

Jonathan Phillips and Matt Francis did the saem before Stefan Meyer slotted home past Neil Conway for the extra point.

Period Scores: 1-1, 0-1, 1-0, 0-1

Penalty Mins: Not 4+4+2+0=10, She 4+2+0+0=6

Powerplay: Not 0/3, She 0/5

Shots On: Neil Conway 11+9+11+1=32, Frank Doyle 8+11+9+1=29

Referee: Michael Hicks

* Belfast established further breathing room at the Elite League summit after clinching a thrilling 6-5 win over nearest challengers Braehead on Saturday night.

The Giants are now 11 points clear of the Clan after posting a second successive win over their title rivals following on from Friday’s more comfortable 4-1 triumph at the Braehead Arena.

Braehead led 5-4 heading into the final period after the two sides shared seven goals in a wide open second stanza, but the Giants - who have now won seven straight games - levelled through Kevin Saurette before Jeffrey Szwez hit the winner with a little under 12 minutes remaining.

There was a thriller in Cardiff where the Devils were on the wrong end of a 4-3 win for Coventry Blaze.

Elsewhere, Dundee Stars defeated Fife Flyers in an all-Scottish encounter, while Hull Stingrays became the second club from the city to win by a six-goal margin on Saturday - following on from Hull City’s 6-0 win over Fulham in the Barclays Premier League - as bottom side Edinburgh Capitals were put to the sword in a 7-1 victory.

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