EIHL: Edinburgh Capitals close to causing upset after late defeat to Sheffield Steelers
Last Updated: 26/11/12 10:42pm
Sheffield Steelers avoided a scare as they overturned a 2-1 deficit to defeat bottom of the table Edinburgh Capitals 3-2
The opening session saw the Capitals take the lead through skipper Martin Cingel at 12.08 whilst holding off the Steelers attack.
The Steelers pulled level at 25.03, though, when Jeff Legue scored, but they were behind once again after Michal Dobron's strike at 29.08 for the hosts.
It looked as if the Capitals were heading for a shock victory until Neil Hay was ejected on a 5+ game for kneeing, which saw Steelers Danny Meyers leave the ice in some discomfort.
The Steelers took full advantage of the five minute powerplay, with Shawn Limpright equalising at 48.55 and Steven Goertzen putting the visitors in front for the first time in the match.
The results leaves the Steelers within a point of leaders Belfast but the Capitals are now five points adrift at the bottom following their fifth straight loss.
Elsewhere, a healthy home crowd were satisfied as the Cardiff Devils defeated Coventry Blaze 5-2 in an entertaining Elite League clash.
A double from skipper Stuart Macrae secured the points for the Devils, despite Blaze dominating the play and the shot count in the opening period.
It remained goalless until just after the hallway mark when the Devils took the lead thanks to Paul Bissonnette strike and, a minute later, Adam Harding's goal at 31.23. The game became a lot livelier with Blaze pulling a goal back at 36.10, but their hopes were dashed immediately as Macrae scored his first of the night giving the Devils a 3-1 lead.
Despite Blaze's attempts to salvage something out of the game, Macrae helped to ease the home crowd's fears by slotting in on the powerplay at 55.58, despite Brad Leeb's consolation for the visitors at 57.19.
A comfortable victory was completed when Chris Blight scored to make it 5-2 at 59.02 after Blaze had opted to take off goaltender Peter Hirsch for the extra skater. An entertaining game was soured at 59.10 following an incident which saw Devils' Devin Didiomete ejected for excessive roughness.
An injury-ravaged Braehead Clan lost 6-4 in a fast-paced Gardiner Conference match against Hull Stingrays, the first of three games between the two teams in the next seven days.
Only 11 seconds in and the Stingrays took the lead through a Tom Squires goal but the Clan avoided any early embarrassment by containing the Stingrays and pressuring the home defence. The game turned in a blink of an eye, as Matt Haywood at 12.05 and Brock McPherson added two quick-fire goals to put the Clan 2-1 up.
However, a later opening period goal from Stingrays' player/coach Sylvain Cloutier tied the game and a second period strike by Dominic Osman at 24.01 put the hosts back in front. Despite equalising through Jade Galbraith at 26.49, the Clan fell behind again as the Stingrays skipper Kurtis Dulle made it 4-3 at 35.46
Jason Silverthorn extended the lead at 41.58 to make it 5-3, but the Clan refused to accept defeat and reduced the deficit at 42.18 through an Adam Walker goal. The scoring continued at 45.52 when the Stingrays' Jereme Tendler scored on the powerplay, which made it 6-4 to the hosts.
Despite a brave effort from the Clan, the Stingrays held on and secured the points to move them to the top of the Gardiner Conference.