Cardiff Devils head coach Andrew Lord.

Giants Hit Elite Top Again, But Devils Challenging Hard

Belfast Giants extended their lead at the top of Elite League to three points ahead of Cardiff Devils, but they did it the hard way.

Head coach Adam Keefe and his Giants were is disarray well into the second half of their clash with Glasgow Clan, trailing 3-0.

Devils were without a game on Saturday and return to action when they take on Guildford Flames away this evening.

It took until 8-13 for the deadlock to be broken by Clan in Belfast, Craig Peacock scoring.

That advantage became two 36 seconds into the middle period thanks to Gerard Hanson and then three with Rasmus Bjerrum’s goal at 28-17.

Belfast’s comeback started at 36-19 thanks to David Rutherford’s powerplay effort and with 27 seconds left in the middle session Dustin Johner brought the hosts back to within one.

The game was all square after 46-59 through Rutherford and 33 seconds later Giants took the lead for the first time in the game when Johner doubled his tally for the night. 

Darcy Murphy put the Giants 5-3 ahead with 3-35 to go and although the Clan made things interesting with 34 seconds to go through Michal Gutwald Giants held on to the win.

Coventry Blaze 5, Nottingham Panthers 4

Coventry Blaze added Nottingham to their list of home post-Christmas victories, getting the better of the Panthers by the odd goal in nine to move into the play-off places.

Blaze raced into a two goal advantage inside the opening four minutes with Alex Nikiforuk (2-48) and Tim Crowder (4-00) on target.

Early in the middle period Marek Tvrdon pulled a gaol back for the Panthers before Shawn Pauly (25-49) put Blaze 3-1 ahead.

Dylan Richards’ effort at 27-53 brought the score back to 3-2, and with only five seconds left in the period Brett Perlini made it a tied score.

Blaze, however, regained their lead at 52-07 thanks to Luke Ferrara, but again the Panthers were to hit back and at 4-4 the game was in the balance. Alex Guptill scored with just under six minutes to go. 

Blaze were not to be denied their win and Ross Venus popped up with 2-59 left to score what would be the winning goal.

Sheffield Steelers 6, Manchester Storm 4

Steelers backed up their two derby wins over Nottingham and moved into the top five.

Cardiff Devils players celebrate scoring against Guildford Flame earlier this seasons. Pic: John Unwin.

Elite League fixtures


Sunday 30

Guildford Flames v Cardiff Devils (6pm)

Belfast Giants v Dundee Stars (7pm)

Monday 31

Glasgow Clan v Fife Flyers (2pm)

Nottingham Panthers v Coventry Blaze (4pm)


Tuesday 1

Cardiff Devils v Guildford Flames (4pm)

Manchester Storm v Sheffield Steelers (5.30pm)

Wednesday 2

Fife Flyers v Milton Keynes Lightning (6pm)

Dundee Stars v Glasgow Clan (7.30pm)

Nottingham Panthers v Guildford Flames (7.30pm)

Thursday 3

Dundee Stars v Milton Keynes Lightning (7.30pm)

Saturday 5

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers (7pm)

Cardiff Devils v Manchester Storm (7pm)

Glasgow Clan v Dundee Stars (7pm)

Milton Keynes Lightning v Coventry Blaze (7pm)

Nottingham Panthers v Fife Flyers (7pm)

Sunday 6

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers (4pm)

Coventry Blaze v Glasgow Clan (5.15pm)

Manchester Storm v Nottingham Panthers (5.30pm)

Guildford Flames v Milton Keynes Lightning (6pm)

Fife Flyers v Cardiff Devils (6.30pm)


Belfast Giants 32 24 7 1 49 .766 123 71 448 3-0
Cardiff Devils 30 21 5 4 46 .767 122 79 364 1-0
Nottingham Panthers 35 18 10 7 43 .614 113 105 578 0-3
Fife Flyers 30 16 10 4 36 .600 104 96 411 1-0
Sheffield Steelers 32 17 15 0 34 .531 100 106 447 3-0
Guildford Flames 30 16 13 1 33 .550 100 91 414 2-0
Glasgow Clan 29 15 13 1 31 .534 94 100 363 0-2
Coventry Blaze 30 12 12 6 30 .500 97 113 381 1-0
Dundee Stars 32 11 13 8 30 .469 84 108 345 0-1
Manchester Storm 32 12 17 3 27 .422 89 118 800 0-1
Milton Keynes Lightning 32 10 20 2 22 .344 76 115 610 0-3

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