Elite League: Steelers seal win over Giants

Daymen Rycroft of the Belfast Giants is denied by Mark Thomas and John DeCaro, netminder for the Sheffield Steelers during the Elite League game in Belfast
Daymen Rycroft of the Belfast Giants is denied by Mark Thomas and netminder John DeCaro

The Belfast Giants' five-match winning Elite League run came to an end on Saturday night when they lost 4-1 to title rivals Sheffield Steelers.

The Giants had a couple of five-on-three powerplays but failed to make them count while Steven Goertzen and Jeff Legue scored in the second period.

The Steelers made it 3-0 through Ashley Tait before Daymen Rycroft netted the sole Giants' response with 1.16 left.

The Giants pulled their keeper and Simon Ferguson made it 4-1.

The Steelers team featured Scott Champagne who recently moved from the Giants.

It was a hugely disappointing night for the Giants who on Thursday had moved to within two points of league leaders Nottingham Panthers at the top of the table by beating Braehead Clan 3-2 away.

Belfast are next in action on Friday at home to Dundee Stars and they are at the Odyssey Arena again on Saturday when Coventry Blaze are the visitors.