EIHL: Table-topping Belfast Giants suffer overtime loss to the Cardiff Devils
Last Updated: 20/11/12 4:21pm
Cardiff Devils fought back from a three-goal deficit to defeat Elite League leaders Belfast Giants 4-3 in overtime.
Mac Faulkner scored the winner, condemning the Giants to their second loss in four games whilst the Devils are now up to third following three successive victories.
With both sides coming close to taking the lead in the first period, Darryl Lloyd hit the net for the Giants at 10.51 and at 15.27 they doubled their lead through Craig Peacock.
The second session followed in similar fashion as Adam Keefe scored on the powerplay for the visitors at 29.28, seemingly ending all hopes for a Devils victory.
There was a glimmer of hope for the hosts after an early third period strike at 45.18 from Paul Bissonnette. The momentum shifted in favour of the Devils as Giants keeper was beaten by Josh Batch at 49.03, reducing the Giants lead to just one goal.
The home side pressed for an equaliser and they were rewarded at 52.29 as Faulkner scored his first of the game, leading to a frantic final few minutes in which both sides aimed for a regulation winner.
With 24 seconds remaining, Jeff Mason picked up a slashing penalty and despite killing off the penalty time, the Devils sealed an amazing comeback with Faulkner's goal at 61.38.
Coventry Blaze bounced back from their Saturday loss in Braehead to overcome the Nottingham Panthers 5-2.
With the teams tied at 2-2 going into the third session, two quick powerplay strikes early in the perod from Coventry helped to inflict defeat upon the Panthers.
The Panthers, who had won their last five games, took the lead at 11.44 with a powerplay strike from Robert Lachowicz, but that was cancelled out almost immediately as Gerome Giudice equalised for Blaze at 12.50.
Skipper Shea Guthrie was on target for Blaze at 22.09 to take them into the lead at 2-1, but Lachowicz doubled his tally at 36.25 and levelled the game once again.
In the third period, Coventry took full advantage of the powerplay as they edged ahead again only 57 seconds in through Brad Leeb, with the lead extended at 41.55 though Dustin Cameron's strike.
Giudice scored his second of the game at 44.58 to make it 5-2 to Blaze, ending the game and the Panthers good form.
Edinburgh Capitalsfailed to deliver the win an impressive home crowd desired as they lost 3-1 to the Hull Stingrays.
A total of 2,500 fans watched the visitors take the lead in the first period through Jason Silverthorn's strike at 18.20 in the first period.
The Capitals found an equaliser midway through the second period through captain Martin Cingel at 30.35, but the visitors took the lead once again at 33.23 through their captain Kurtis Dulle.
With chances few and far between, the score line remained at 2-2 until time was running out and the Capitals were forced to pull goaltender Tomas Hiadlovsky for the extra skater, which led to Jereme Tendler's empty net strike at 58.40 to secure the points for the Stingrays.
Sheffield Steelers' title challenge continued following a 4-2 win against a resilient Fife Flyers.
There was a quick start for the hosts, with Shawn Limpright at 7.02 and Colin Shields on the powerplay at 9.05 pleasing the crowd at Ice Sheffield. The Steelers extended their lead again at 13.14 when Jonathon Phillips made it 3-0, but the lead was reduced a mere 12 seconds later as Kyle Horne's strike made it 3-1.
The Flyers defended superbly and later pulled back another goal through Casey Haines at 35.49, leading to a nervy third period for the home side.
Both sides had opportunities to add to the score line, but with time running out the Fife's gamble to take off goaltender Bryan Pitton backfired, as the Steelers settled all home nerves. Jeff League fired into an empty net at 58.56 to end the game at 4-2.