Sheffield Steelers 3-2 Belfast Giants F

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Sheffield Steelers suffered an early reverse against champions Belfast tonight at iceSheffield but went ahead twice afterwards.

Adam Keefe converted for the Irish at 2;21.

But three minutes later Jason Hewitt scored a delayed penalty goal to level.

Steelers then had two power plays to impose themselves, Michael Forney orchestrating most of the moves.

On the second of the plays, Cullen Eddy made it 2-1 for Sheffield.

The home side had a let-off on 14 minutes when Mike Kompon hit the apex of bar and post.

And Frank Doyle denied Mark McCutcheon on the stroke of the first period hooter.

Steelers had to kill two penalties at the start of the second.

Then they conceded even handed: Robby Sandrock scoring.

Picking a winner at this point of an unpredictable early-seson game was impossible.

Jay Latulippe fanned on a decent chance and Gord Baldwin saw a full blooded effort saved.

Mathieu Roy also saw Giants goalie Stephen Murphy collect his spilled shot on the line.

Sheffield went ahead again at 43;52 when Colton Fretter scored from close range.

Frank Doyle reigned supreme in goal as Giants camped in Sheffield’s half.

The tension was upped with 1;58 to go when Jay Latulippe took a minor penalty. But Steelers killed it to take the points

RESULTS

Sunday 21st September 2014

Elite League

Edinburgh Capitals 3 Cardiff Devils 2 (PS)

Sheffield Steelers 3 Belfast Giants 2

Challenge Cup Group A

Dundee Stars 2 Fife Flyers 1 (OT)

Challenge Cup Group B

Coventry Blaze 4 Nottingham Panthers 3

SATURDAY REPORT

Nottingham Panthers 2 Sheffield Steelers 1

Sheffield Steelers’ biggest enemy inflicted their first loss of the season last night.

Nottingham Panthers closed down the visitors’ imports to take the game 2-1.

Chris Lawrence opened the scoring, but Phil Hill levelled for Gerad Adams’s side.

Brandon Benedict grabbed a third period winner.

Panthers outshot an indisciplined Sheffield 51-27.

Attendance: 6,533

* Joey Haddad scored the overtime winner to earn Cardiff Devils a 5-4 Elite League victory over Braehead Clan.

Andrew Lord, captain Tyson Marsh and Andrew Hotham scored in the opening period for the Devils and Derek Roehl tallied for the Clan as the hosts led 3-1 at the first interval.

Ryan Kavanagh’s first of the season got Braehead back into the game before Lord’s second restored the two-goal advantage.

Matt Heywood and Scott Aarssen then scored to force overtime, where Haddad settled things on the powerplay.

Ray Sawada scored midway through the final period as Belfast Giants scored three times on the powerplay to see off Hull Stingrays 3-2.

Craig Peacock and Colin Shields also found the back of the Hull net, who scored a powerplay goal of their own through Eric Galbraith. Carl Lauzon’s shorthanded marker shortly after Sawada’s strike kept Belfast on their toes but they held on.

RESULTS

Saturday 20th September

Elite League

Cardiff Devils 5 Braehead Clan 4 (After Overtime)

Hull Stingrays 2 Belfast Giants 3

Challenge Cup Group A

Fife Flyers 4 Dundee Stars 2

Challenge Cup Group B

Nottingham Panthers 2 Sheffield Steelers 1