Sheffield Steelers failed in their mission to trim Cardiff Devils’ lead at the top of the Elite League as they lost at Belfast Giants.
Steelers had twice beaten Belfast Giants by the score of 5-1 at home this season- but on Saturday they were on the end of a narrow 2-1 loss.
Devils came off a lot worse...they were outclassed by Nottingham Panthers 8-0.
Ex Steeler Colin Shields put Giants ahead on the power play at 4:20.
After a non-scoring middle period Giants top scorer Michael Forney, another ex Steeler made it 2-0 for the home team (unassisted, 43.29) after Mike Ratchuck was stripped of the puck.
Mathieu Roy, top points scorer for the visitors, was party to a play which saw centreman John Armstrong narrow the score at 58:48.
But Steelers, nought for four on the power play, failed to take the match into overtime and had nothing to show for their efforts, which included matching Belfast’s shots on goal, 29-29.
In fact, the loss saw them drop into third place, behind Giants.
Sheffield are 11 points behind Cardiff, with five games in hand.
So a win in Wales tonight, against a side with plenty to prove after Saturday’s slip-up, is imperative.
Saturday 10th December
Belfast Giants 2 Sheffield Steelers 1
Braehead Clan 3 Edinburgh Capitals 2
Cardiff Devils 0 Nottingham Panthers 8
Coventry Blaze 4 Dundee Stars 1
Fife Flyers 0 Manchester Storm 2
Sunday 11th December
Cardiff Devils v Sheffield Steelers - 6.00pm
Dundee Stars v Braehead Clan - 6.30pm
Edinburgh Capitals v Fife Flyers - 6.00pm
Manchester Storm v Belfast Giants 5.30pm
Nottingham Panthers v Coventry Blaze - 4.00pm