Late drama in Glasgow saw the Steelers take what had seemed an unlikely road win after 25 minutes, while in Europe Belfast win again to put themselves in a great position to go to the Continental Cup final.
Glasgow Clan 4-5 OT Sheffield Steelers
After seeing his side well beaten in Milton Keynes on Wednesday night, Glasgow Clan Head Coach Pete Russell would have bene delighted at the start his side made hosting Sheffield Steelers tonight – goals just over eight minutes apart from Matt Beca had the Clan two up after the first period.
The Clan then extended that lead with Matt Stanisz making it three with 1:57 gone in period two, and when Gerard Hanson found the net four minutes later the home side were in a very comfortable position.
But the Steelers under Tom Barrasso can never be counted out, and were fortunate that there was still well over half of the game to stage a fight back. With 31:511 gone Ben O’Connor got the visitors on the board, and under five minutes later Josh Pitt had already halved the deficit to two goals with the third period still left to play.
Stefan Della Rovere gave his side the perfect start to the final period of regulation with a goal just 16 seconds in to make it a one-goal game; and finally Ben O’Connor popped up with his second third of the game with 51 seconds remaining to tie things up. In overtime the turnaround was completed as Mark Matheson scored the game winner with 62:27 on the board in the Glasgow.
Belfast Giants 6-2 Ritten Sport | Continental Cup
Belfast Giants are in pole position to qualify from their Continental Cup Semi-Final Group thanks to their second win in as many nights, this time over Italian champions Ritten Sport.
Patrick Dywer got the Giants off to a good start, putting them ahead after 8:20. However the Italians, who lost 4-0 to Katowice last night, were not out of the game and duly fought back – Simon Kostner tied the game just past the ten minute mark, and some 34 seconds later Alex Frei put the visitors ahead. The Giants though would tie things up themselves before the period was over, Blair Riley poking home from the crease after the Ritten netminder lost track of where the puck was.
The middle session belonged to the Giants, who moved further ahead with two unanswered goals. Riley struck again just 1:32 into the period, before Francis Beauvillier finished at 33:09 to put Belfast two ahead with 20 minutes to play. In the final period Ritten tried to find a way back into the game but were overpowered by the Giants, who added another pair of goals. First Darcy Murphy made it 5-2 with 45:01 gone, before Jonathan Boxill scored the hosts’ final goal from close rage with 51:30 played to complete an excellent 6-2 win.
Earlier in the day, Medveščak Zagreb beat GKS Katowice 3-2, which means all sides have three points – except the Giants, whose two wins give them six and puts them in strong position to qualify to the next stage. The Giants play Katowice tomorrow night in their final game.