EHL: Panthers halt Steelers

Francis and Ling on target in shoot-out as Panthers beat Steelers

Last Updated: 30/09/12 12:45pm

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Paul Thompson: Saw his Coventry Blaze outfit come from 5-2 to beat Hull Stingrays

Paul Thompson: Saw his Coventry Blaze outfit come from 5-2 to beat Hull Stingrays

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Nottingham Panthers won in the penalty shoot-out to halt early Elite League leaders Sheffield Steelers' excellent winning run.

Following a goalless opening session, Panthers took the lead only 51 seconds into the second period thanks to a strike from Jordan Fox but Jeff Legue drew Steelers level at 35.12.

The third period saw plenty of shots but no goals and overtime was again to provide no winner. In the ensuing shoot-out, Panthers secured victory as both Matt Francis and David Ling scored but Steelers failed with both of their opening shots.

The win was Panthers' third from five league starts, while the Steelers' winning run of six matches - including five league games - came to a halt.

In further Elite League action, Cardiff Devils got back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Edinburgh Capitals.

Top scorer Mac Faulkner notched two goals as Devils ended a four-game losing run in the league, while Capitals are still waiting to earn their first point on the road.

Skipper Stuart Macrae was also on target for the hosts, as was Devin Didiomete on a delayed penalty, while Marcis Zembergs notched a consolation for Capitals.

Cup wins

Meanwhile in the Challenge Cup Group A, Belfast Giants ran out 3-2 winners over Braehead Clan.

A two-goal burst late in the second period from Will Colbert and Greg Stewart on the powerplay proved decisive.

It was Giants' second win from three Challenge Cup group games, while the defeat leaves Clan in danger of missing out on a top four spot.

In Group B action, Coventry Blaze opened their Challenge Cup campaign with a 6-5 over Hull Stingrays following a penalty shootout at the Skydome.

Paul Thompson's men took a 2-0 first period lead thanks to a double by Gerome Guidice timed at 7.33 and then 12.35 on the powerplay.

But the visitors bounced back in emphatic style, scoring five goals in eight minutes to establish a 5-2 lead.

But Guidice notched his hat-trick and powerplay goals from Brad Leeb and Michael Schutte made it all-square before Blaze took the extra point in the shootout with Leeb firing in the winning shot in round five.

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