EIHL: Belfast Giants produced stunning fightback to beat Cardiff Devils
Last Updated: 04/02/13 9:58am
Great Britain star Craig Peacock scored the winning penalty as the Belfast Giants beat Cardiff Devils 4-3.
Cardiff had raced into a comfortable 3-0 lead with two goals from Jesse Gimblett and a third from Mark Richardson.
Belfast started to get back into the game during the second period with Peacock grabbing their first. Daymen Rycroft then pulled them to within one strike.
Seven minutes from time Colin Shields levelled to take the game to overtime. Both sides had chances but neither could score and the game went to penalties where the thrilling conclusion unravelled.
Dundee Stars cruised to a 4-1 win against Fife Flyers with Mike Wirll netting two strikes.
The Flyers did take an early lead through Bobby Chaumont but that was as good as it got for Fife.
Wirll (2) went on to give the Stars the lead before Sami Ryhanen and player/coach Jeff Hutchins secured the comfortable win.
Two goals from player/coach Richard Hartman led Edinburgh Capitals to a 5-2 win against Braehead Clan.
Marcis Zembergs, Peter Holecko and Jade Portwood netted the other three goals for the Capitals.
Steve Birnstill and Matt Schepke netted consolation goals for the Clan.
Hull Stingrays were thrashed at home 7-2 by Coventry Blaze.
The home team got off to the perfect start as Matty Davis fired them into the lead. Less than six minutes later Michael Schutte had drew the Blaze level.
Coventry then scored a further six goals on the bounce through Greg Leeb, Russ Cowley, Adam Henrich, Dustin Cameron, Jerraime Domish and Mike Bayrack.
Davis was on hand at the end of the game to grab a late consolation goal for Hull.
Finally, Sheffield Steelers eased to a crucial 5-2 win against Nottingham Panthers.
Sheffield raced into a 3-0 lead through a Jeff Legue brace and an Ashley Tait shot. The Panthers dragged themselves back into the game through Brandon Benedict and David Clarke.
Steelers went on to take control and coast to victory thanks to a further two goals from Scott Champagne and Steven Goertzen.