UK Round Up 7th October
Coventryâ€™s injury and visa woes look like it may have caught up with them as the Blaze suffered their second defeat of the weekend. They did however pick up the extra point in tonightâ€™s home game with the Cardiff Devils thanks to new re-signing Mike Bayrack who netted to tie the game at 3 with 1:01 left on the clock. The dream come back was not to be though as the Devils got the OT winner through Marsh.
Up in Hull the Belfast Giants overcame a first period Tanaka goal to put in a dominant second period display. Fournier, Colbert and Lloyd all netting in the second period to put the league champions in complete control.
The Braehead Clan had a poor first period at Ice Sheffield as they visited the Steelers. The Clan were 3 down as they entered the second intermission but goals from Galbraith and Watt halved the deficit before an end-to-end third period. With chances for both sides in an open contest it was the home side that took theirs and will be pleased to be back on winning ways.
The nights other game came from Dundee as the Stars hosted the Capitals. The Capitals put in a superb performance with their fourth choice netminder between the pipes due to suspension, injury and two-way contracts. However it was not enough as the Capitals come up just short on penalties despite taking the lead twice in the first period.
The English Premier League has gotten a lot tighter after Sundays action. League leaders and early pacesetters Guildford had looked to bounce back from 2 defeats on the bounce as they hosted the Steeldogs. However an overtime winner for the visitors meant the Flames have taken just 1 point in their last three games and lose top spot to the Basingstoke Bison. The Bison who beat the Peterborough Phantoms by a single goal displace the Manchester Phoenix who briefly held top spot after their win. The Phoenix who hosted the Jets at the Altrincham Ice Dome needed a late James Archer goal to force overtime and the same man got the winner.
After a couple of good weekends though the Bracknell Bees succumbed to their second defeat to the Milton Keynes Lightning. That result now means that only 3 points now separate 8 of the 10 teams in the EPL.
Hull Stingrays 1 Belfast Giants 4
Coventry Blaze 3 Cardiff Devils 4 AOT
Sheffield Steelers 7 Braehead Clan 3
Dundee Stars 3 Edinburgh Capitals 2 APS
Manchester Phoenix 2 Slough Jets 1 AOT
Guildford Flames 4 Sheffield Steeldogs 5 AOT
Peterborough Phantoms 1 Basingstoke Bison 2
Bracknell Bees 3 Milton Keynes 4