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Double loss sees Belfast Giants fall off from the summit

By Stuart McKinley

The Sheffield Steelers have put the brakes on the Belfast Giants' Elite League title charge. And after losing both games of their weekend double header in Yorkshire, the Giants have also been knocked off the top of the Elite League table by the Nottingham Panthers

After a tame surrender on Saturday night, when the Steelers won 6-1, the Giants came out determined to put things right in part two, but lost again - 2-1 this time - despite taking an early lead.

Mike Wilson opened the scoring with his first league goal for the Giants after less than five minutes.

The Steelers replied midway through second period, with Tyler Mosienko scoring, and he also netted the second - which turned out to be the winner - seven minutes later.

Already without Chris Higgins and Johan Ejdepalm - both are out injured - Mitch Ganzak is now facing a suspension after being given a game misconduct penalty, as well as a match penalty, for abusing an official after the final hooter.

The Giants wanted to make an impact early on and when no goals were scored in the first couple of minutes, defenceman Matt Nickerson tried to get the team going when he took on Sheffield's Zack Fitzgerald, with both spending the next five minutes in the box.

Sheffield ran into further penalty trouble when Russ Moyer and Levi Nelson were sent to the box at the same time, putting the Giants on a powerplay and Wilson scored at 4:59 after picking up a great pass from Kris Beech.

Jonathan Phillips and Ben O'Connor set up Mosienko to level matters at 30:13.

Phillips was involved again, along with Mike Duco, in the move that lead to Mosienko's second at 37:13.

Ganzak, Craig Peacock and Adam Keefe all had words with referee Dean Smith at the end of the game, with each receiving 10 minute misconduct penalties.

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