Belfast Giants 3 Sheffield Steelers 1

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SHEFFIELD Steelers have now lost their two ‘must win’ games this weekend.

On Saturday they went down at second placed Belfast, 24 hours after losing 4-2 at leaders Nottingham Panthers.

Sheffield now trail Notts by seven points, having played a game more.

Giants scored first, last night, through Mark Garside at 9.32.

On 39 minutes, they doubled their lead with a strike from Adam Keefe.

It was 3-0 at 49.17 from Darryl Lloyd. Tylor Michel nabbed a consolation at 58.01.

On Friday, at Notts, they had dominated the early exchanges and had the better chances.

Craig Kowalski was the busier of the two netminders as Sheffield tried to get past a Nottingham defence that looked vulnerable.

Matt Francis had the sell-out crowd baying for a goal at the NIC, but Sheffield survived.

It was getting tasty with Simon Ferguson and Gui Lepine clashing, both getting penalties for cross-checking, but the first session ended goalless, despite the away side outshooting the hosts.

However in the second session, ex Panther Danny Meyers, the defenceman, put Sheffield ahead.

Meyers isn’t known for his goal scoring prowess.

But given the fact he was effectively fired by Panthers, last Summer, it must have been a sweet moment.

However it was all square at 31;20 when Bruce Graham, such a force on his day, levelled for Notts.

Thats’s the way the middle session ended.

But Pat Galivan put Panthers ahead for the first time with Frank sitting in the penalty box, at 41;34.

And then Fox added another one, to sicken the Steelers fans in the NIC.

That was followed by a fourth from Brandon Benedict at 48;26.

Steve Goertzen got one back with 10 minutes left, but it was too little too late.