Sheffield Steelers went ahead with a highly-unusual goal against Cardiff tonight but faded and eventually lost on penalty shots.
Michael Forney had felt his shot had hit the stanchion at the back of the Devils net on 28;08 and then bounced out again.
But played continued for two minutes, the on-ice officials apparently figuring it had hit the bar.
While play continued, there was some kind of review from those same officials- a linesman had his say and it was suddenly awarded and it was 2-1 .
Before that Darrell Hay had put Sheffield ahead on their fifth power play.
But Devils levelled through a Matthew Myers’ deflection.
Sheffield looked like holding on to the lead..
But with 47 seconds remaining, Devils pulled their goalie on a Gord Baldwin penalty and equalised through Myers.
The game went to penalty shots - Forney and Tyler Mosienko missing their’s, Jake Morissette and Martin converting at the other end.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this - after all it was the “homecoming” to Sheffield Arena after missing two matches due to a pad leak.
But that’s sport.
The dejected faces in the home dressing room told their own story.
Belfast Giants ended Coventry Blaze’s 100 per cent start to the Elite League season with a 4-2 win at the Odyssey Arena.
Tensions were high with both sides occupying the top two spots in the standings and that was heightened further when it was 2-2 after a see-saw first period.
Derek Lee put the visitors 2-1 up after Jereme Tendler had earlier cancelled out Mike Kompon’s opener, but Ray Sawada levelled up on a powerplay.
After both sides drew a blank in the second period it was Belfast who seized control in the final stanza as goals from Jeff Mason and Mark Garside wrapped up the win.
Nottingham Panthers slipped to a 6-1 defeat to Hull Stingrays in their Elite League/Challenge Cup clash at the National Ice Centre.
The current cup holders were 5-0 down early in the third period thanks to braces from Eric Galbraith and Cory Tanaka and one from Zach Hervato.
Even though the Panthers got on the scoreboard through Bruce Graham, Tanaka completed his hat-trick to round off the rout.
Saturday 27th September 2014
Belfast Giants 4 Coventry Blaze 2
Elite League/Challenge Cup Group B
Nottingham Panthers 1 Hull Stingrays 6
Challenge Cup Group A
Edinburgh Capitals 2 Dundee Stars 3
Fife Flyers 4 Braehead Clan 0
Challenge Cup Group B
Sheffield Steelers 2 Cardiff Devils 3 (PS)