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Giants knock Steelers off top spot

The Sheffield Steelers relinquished top spot in the Elite League standings as they slumped to a 5-3 defeat to the Belfast Giants on Friday.

The Steelers raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to first-period goals from Dustin Kohn and Jonathan Phillips, but Belfast were on level terms in the second period when Evan Cheverie and Cody Brookwell found the target.

Calvin Elfring and Robby Sandrock gave Belfast a 4-2 lead in the final period and although Ben O'Connor pulled a goal back for the shell-shocked Steelers, Craig Peacock added gloss to a remarkable comeback victory with the Giants' fifth strike with 22 seconds remaining.

The Braehead Clan needed to win to replace Sheffield at the summit and they did just that with a comfortable 4-2 victory against the Fife Flyers in the day's other game.

Scott Pitt opened the scoring with the game a mere one minute and 48 seconds old, before Bobby Chaumont levelled for the Flyers early on in the second period.

The Clan were back in front six minutes later when Neil Trimm slotted home, before Leigh Salters extended their advantage in the third period.

Chaumont pulled a goal back for Fife with eight minutes of the game left before Pitt capped off a fine display with his second and his team's fourth with 41 seconds remaining.

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