Steelers 2-6 Cardiff Devils: Sheffield lose their title

Belfast v Sheffield, Jace Coyle pictured right
Belfast v Sheffield, Jace Coyle pictured right
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This was the night Sheffield Steelers forfeited the Elite League championship to Cardiff Devils.

The 50th league game of Steelers' exciting and unpredictable regular season ended in comprehensive defeat - but, in fairness, to a club that thoroughly deserves the title.

Devils did the damage early on, establishing a 2-0 first period lead.

Mark Richardson and Patrick Asselin scored the goals.

Ben O'Connor and Joey Martin - two of shining lights in the League - traded goals in the middle period, with Sheffield trailing 1-3.

But, other than a Geoff Walker goal, Devils dominated the last session.

Sean Bentivoglio, Andrew Lord and Patrick Bordeleau (empy netter) popped home the title-winning goals.

Cardiff had outshot Steelers 36-23 on a night they were ready and prepared for what they needed to do.

Sheffield have lost their championship.

But the consolation is that it was to an excellent team.

Andrew Lord described Cardiff's success as 'unbelievable' during a post game interview, praising the contributions of everyone at the club, with the Welsh outfit now on course to compete for the EIHL Grand Slam, having already won the Challenge Cup this season, at Sheffield's expense.

As newly crowned champions, the Devils have also booked their place in the 2017/18 Champions Hockey League, where they will take on some of Europe's top teams, including clubs from Sweden, Finland and Switzerland.

RESULTS

Saturday 18th March

Elite League

Belfast Giants 5 Coventry Blaze 2

Edinburgh Capitals 2 Nottingham Panthers 3

Fife Flyers 3 Braehead Clan 1

Manchester Storm 3 Dundee Stars 6

Sheffield Steelers 2 Cardiff Devils 6 (Cardiff are confirmed as league champions)

FIXTURE

Sunday 19th March

Elite League

Cardiff Devils v Fife Flyers – 6.00pm

Coventry Blaze v Braehead Clan – 5.15pm

Edinburgh Capitals v Nottingham Panthers – 6.00pm