Sheffield Steelers lost a two goal lead at Edinburgh tonight but still ended up on top.
After Saturday’s 6-0 home drubbing of Dundee Stars, Steelers had taken a 2-0 first period advantage at Edinburgh Capitals.
Michael Forney and Rob Dowd got the goals.
It proved to be a painful night for Colton Fretter.
The forward was hit in the face by a high stick in the face and needed stitches on the inside of his mouth.
Steelers conceded a goal at 43;57, as Rene Jarolin halved the deficit.
And five minutes later it was all square, as Greg Collins equalised, sending the game into overtime.
The decisive goal was a Sheffield one: d-man Gord Baldwin getting the 3-2 winner.
Sheffield Steelers closed the gap on leaders Braehead Clan to three points with a 6-0 thrashing of Dundee Stars on Saturday night. Both Clan and Belfast Giants lost, on a night on which all little went wrong for Gerad Adams’ club.
The Belfast loss leaves them level on points with fourth-placed Sheffield.
Tomas Petruska and Colton Fretter both bagged a brace while Darrell Hay and Michael Forney also found the net for Steelers against the bottom team.
It was their third win on the bounce, four of their goals coming on the Power Play.
Goalie Josh Unice again celebrated a shut out, this time repelling 27 shots.
*Braehead’s lead at the top of the Elite League was cut to one point after they let slip a two-goal lead in their 3-2 defeat to Hull Stingrays.
The Scottish side appeared to be cruising to victory when Matt Keith and Stefan Meyer put them two goals to the good inside the opening 10 minutes of the first period.
Jordan Knox halved the deficit four minutes later while third period goals from Jordan Mayer and Zach Hervato turned the game on its head and earned Hull their 13th regulation win of the season.
Nottingham Panthers narrowed the gap after a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Belfast.
Chris Lawrence scored the shootout winner for the Panthers, for whom Chris Higgins, Greg Jacina and Robert Lachowicz scored in regulation time.
Kevin Westgarth, Mark Garside and Ray Sawada were all on target for Belfast, the latter two’s strikes putting the Northern Irish side ahead by one goal, but they were eventually overcome after overtime could not separate the sides.
Elsewhere, goals from Ned Lukacevic, Chris Wands and Matt Reber lifted Fife Flyers to a 3-2 victory over Cardiff Devils, whose strikes from Jake Morissette and Joey Haddad came in a losing cause.
Saturday 31st January
Braehead Clan 2 Hull Stingrays 3
Fife Flyers 3 Cardiff Devils 2
Nottingham Panthers 4 Belfast Giants 3 (After Penalty Shootout)
Sheffield Steelers 6 Dundee Stars 0.
Sunday 1st February
Cardiff Devils v Coventry Blaze – 6.00pm
Dundee Stars v Braehead Clan – 6.30pm
Edinburgh Capitals v Sheffield Steelers – 6.00pm
Hull Stingrays v Fife Flyers – 6.00pm
Nottingham Panthers v Belfast Giants – 4.00pm