Belfast cut gap at top with victory over Nottingham

Last Updated: 20/01/13 12:36pm

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Belfast Giants: Trail leaders Nottingham by two points

Belfast Giants: Trail leaders Nottingham by two points

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Belfast Giants claimed a 5-4 win over Nottingham Panthers on Saturday to close the gap at the top of the Elite League to just two points.

The table-topping Panthers took the lead after just 24 seconds but the defending league champions responded with four unanswered goals to lead 4-1 at the end of the first period.

The Panthers reduced the gap to a single goal in the second but Adam Keefe got what proved to be the winner early in the third.

Nottingham travel to arch rivals Sheffield on Sunday and the Steelers claimed a 4-2 win over Coventry Blaze on Saturday night to close to within five points of the leaders thanks to two goals and an assist from Simon Ferguson.

Rene Jarolin scored two, including the overtime winner, as Edinburgh Capitals beat Cardiff Devils 5-4.

Fife Flyers claimed bragging rights in Scotland with a 5-0 win over Dundee Stars, while Braehead Clan claimed a 2-1 win overHull Stingrays after a shootout.

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