EHL: Steelers go top
Michel on target as Steelers beat previous leaders Blaze to go top
Last Updated: 16/09/12 12:33pm
Shea Guthrie: Notched a brace in vain as Coventry Blaze lost at Sheffield Steelers
A Tylor Michel hat-trick helped Sheffield Steelers beat Coventry Blaze to go to the top of the standings, while Belfast Giants and Fife Flyers also won.
The Steelers overcame their visitors 7-5 to take over as league leaders from the Blaze.
With the scores tied at 4-4 on 30.01, the hosts opened up a two goal lead when Jim Jorgensen notched a powerplay goal 35 seconds later and Michel then scored his second goal of the game at 43.05.
Shea Guthrie also scored his second goal of the game at 47.04 to reduce the deficit to one for the visitors before Michel completed his hat-trick at 58.11 to restore the two goal lead and the score remained this way until the final buzzer.
Belfast Giants came from behind three times before pulling away to beat Nottingham Panthers 5-3.
The visitors got into the lead for the first time with only two seconds remaining in the second period through ex-Panther Scott Champagne and Sam Roberts then found the net at 53.29 to make sure of the win.
Fife Flyers easily overcame Braehead Clan 5-1, with the visitors a goal down after only nine seconds and then three down by the ten-minute mark.
Casey Haines and Kris Hogg both notched braces for the hosts in the win, with John Dolan also on target for Fife, while Bobby Chaumont netted the Clan's consolation.
Meanwhile in the Challenge Cup Group A, Dundee Stars edged past Edinburgh Capitals 3-2 to pick up their first win of the season.
Both sides could have scored more but were ineffective on powerplays - out of 17, only one goal was scored, by AJ MacLean.
The Stars held the lead three times in the game with Tristan Harper's goal at 39.55 proving to be decisive.