SHEFFIELD Steelers knew they could go joint top of the Elite League if they can beat Cardiff Devils at home tonight. But it all went wrong.
Belfast Giants’ penalty shot defeat last night to Nottingham Panthers left the Irish on 31 points from 20 games.
If Steelers had havewon tonight, they would be on the same points tally from 21.
Ryan Finnerty’s team have been on a roll too; they have won their last five.
But they were up against a well-drilled team hovering dangerously in fourth spot, with a game in hand, on 25 points.
And sadly Devils got the points, winning 3-2.
Steelers had a good start.
Top points scorer Ashley Tait put the home side ahead after support from Rod Sarich and Jeff Legue.
Drew Fata added a power Play second from Shawn Limpright and Tom Sestito at 10:22.
But Max Birbraer halved the advantage before the first break.
And Devils levelled through Devils’ ace marksman Mac Faulkner, five minutes into the third session.
He wasn’t finished either.
Faulkner put Cardiff scored again a 55:27.
It turned out to be the winner in a night celebrity fan Eliot Kennedy described as ‘dire.’