Coventry Blaze 5-3 Sheffield Steelers

Paul Thompson

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Coventry Blaze enjoy a two-goal lead over Sheffield Steelers after the first leg of the play-off quarter-finals - but it's not over yet.

Brett Robinson, who signed a new deal this week, Cale Tanaka, Chris Bruton, Carl Lauzon and Kevin Noble put Blaze firmly in control - they were 5-0 up at 29:34.

But Steelers produced a comeback through Fredrik Vestberg, Robert Dowd and Guillaume Desbiens to keep the tie alive.

A two-goal deficit seems a big hill to climb - but one that the Elite League champions are capable of on their own ice.

Their third goal at the Skydome, on the Power Play at 58:29, certainly puts them in with a shot.

The tie will be decided at Sheffield Arena on Sunday night.

Play Off rivals

Play Off rivals

Sheffield are without injured Zack Fitzgerald, but have Colton Fretter back in the line up.

Dundee Stars produced a fantastic performance on the road to win 4-2 at Cardiff Devils.

Fife Flyers produced a dramatic late comeback in the final 90 seconds to beat Braehead Clan 2-1, with Kyle Haines hitting the winning goal.

Nottingham Panthers led 2-0 and then found themselves 3-2 down before roaring back to win a topsy-turvy clash with Belfast Giants 4-3 courtesy of Stephen Schultz's goal.

RESULTS

Saturday 26th March

Elite League Play-Offs Quarter Finals 1st Leg

Cardiff Devils 2 Dundee Stars 4

Coventry Blaze 5 Sheffield Steelers 3

Fife Flyers 2 Braehead Clan 1

Nottingham Panthers 4 Belfast Giants 3

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FIXTURES

Sunday 27th March

Play-Offs Quarter Finals 2nd Leg

Braehead Clan (1) v Fife Flyers (2) – 6.00pm

Dundee Stars (4) v Cardiff Devils (2) – 6.30pm

Sheffield Steelers (3) v Coventry Blaze (5) – 5.00pm

Monday 28th March

Play-Offs Quarter Finals 2nd Leg

Belfast Giants (3) v Nottingham Panthers (4)