EIHL: Dundee Stars retain unbeaten record to go clear at top
Last Updated: 16/09/13 1:56pm
Another success north of the border leaves Nottingham Panthers hot on the heels of Dundee
Dundee Stars remain the only unbeaten side in the 2013-14 Elite League after they repelled a Sheffield Steelers fight back on Sunday to win 4-3 and go clear at the summit.
Brock McPherson opened the scoring early as the hosts seized the initiative but Maxime Lacroix soon cancelled the advantage for the Steelers, only for Mike Wirll to shoot the Stars back in front before the break.
Jeff Hutchins' men extended their lead to three in the second period as Bill Bagron and Nico Sacchetti fired past Frank Doyle in the Steelers net.
The visitors launched a spirited comeback in the final quarter as Ryan Galiardi and Stefan Meyer got on the scoreboard, but time was not on their side as a resilient Stars managed to deny the Steelers in the closing stages.
It was a less than enjoyable evening for fellow Scots Fife Flyers as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-1 drubbing from Coventry Blaze at the Skydome.
Things went from bad to worse for the Flyers after they arrived late following a coach breakdown with Ryan Ginand destroying the travellers with four goals.
American Ginand got the scoring underway in the first before Justin DaCosta levelled for the Flyers but only seconds had passed before the Blaze forward tore apart the Fife defence as he add three more to his tally before Ross Venus and Russell Cowley completed the rout in the final quarter.
Elsewhere, defending champions Nottingham Panthers are just two points adrift of league leaders Dundee Stars after they beat Edinburgh Capitals 4-2 away from home.
Despite the Capitals producing a much improved performance after their mauling by the Steelers, there was little that could be done to resist a rampant Panthers as all six goals were fired in the second period.
Matt Francis, Robert Lachowicz, David Clarke and Jonathan Boxill all hit home for the Panthers while goals from Tomas Horna and Jan Safer provided little consolation for the Capitals.
In the lone Challenge Cup encounter of the evening Hull Stingrays surrendered a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 to the Cardiff Devils.
Jason Silverthorn, Matt Davies and Derek Campbell fired the hosts into a commanding lead before the Devils snatched victory thanks to an Andrew Lord brace and strikes from Phil Hill and Chris Blight.