Sheffield Steelers beat their biggest rivals in a close-run match last night.
They had to come from behind but in the end thoroughly deserved the Challenge Cup victory.
Steelers had been slow offensively at the Arena and went behind on seven minutes.
On a five on three penalty kill David Clarke swept the puck past Frank Doyle from the high slot.
Five minutes later, they were level though - and there was to be no going back.
Michael Forney lost his marker to beat Craig Kowalski from close range.
Sheffield had a goal disallowed almost immediately afterwards, Jay Latulippe allegedly kicking the puck in.
Steelers were much more potent going forward in the second session.
And when they deserved to go ahead on 27;51.
Colton Fretter converted a rebound for a go-ahead goal.
Mathieu Roy in his first match tonight as an assistant captain for Steelers looked to put the game safe with a third on 48;35.
But Clarke’s second of the night made it a tense end.
It was left to Tyler Mosienko to conclude matters with an empty netter.
Afterwards coach Gerad Adams said he was relieved to have won after a poor performance at the same venue last time out.
Saturday 4th October 2014
Belfast Giants 5 Cardiff Devils 2
Challenge Cup Group A
Dundee Stars 4 Braehead Clan 7
Fife Flyers 5 Edinburgh Capitals 1
Challenge Cup Group B
Sheffield Steelers 4 Nottingham Panthers 2
Darryl Lloyd scored twice as Belfast Giants climbed to the top of the Rapid Solicitors Elite League table with a 5-2 victory over Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey Arena.
Mark Richardson opened the scoring for the Devils on the powerplay early in the first period but Ray Sawada tied things up moments later.
Tyson Marsh restored Cardiff’s advantage six minutes into the second period before Lloyd’s first of the evening again hauled Belfast level.
Mike Kompon gave the Giants their first lead of the night at the 11:01 mark of the middle stanza before two late shorthanded goals from Lloyd and Cody Brookwell wrapped it up.
* On Friday night, Sheffield Steeldogs lost 7-4 at home to Manchester Phoenix in a combined League / Cup game.
Tomorrow at iceSheffield, Bracknell Bees are the visitors.