Dundee Stars 4 Cardiff Devils 2
Stars ended 2012 by snapping a five game losing run with a very welcome league success over a Devils side who cannot shrug their inconsistent tag of late.
The early stages saw the visitors open their account at 4.56 thanks to a strike by Mac Faulkner but the home side hit back to tie the period with Sami Ryhanen on target at 10.54.
Stars then took the lead in the second period when Mike Wirll fired in at 23.43 but it was 2-2 at 32.23 with Devils levelling thanks to a strike from Chris Bright. The period scoring was not over however as at 36.41 the homes side were back in front with player/coach Jeff Hutchins beating Phil Osaer in the Devils cage to see his team lead going into the third session.
Both sides had early chance in the third but it was Stars who opened up a two-goal advantage at 48.18 as Bill Bagron fired home. Devils were then awarded a penalty shot at 55.40 but Faulkner was unable to convert and Devils last real chance had gone as Stars iced the win.
Period Scores: 1-1, 2-1, 1-0
Penalty Mins: Dun 2+0+2=4, Car 4+2+0=6
Powerplay: Dun 0/2, Car 0/1
Shots On: Nic Riopel 11+16+11=38, Phil Osaer 10+10+8=28
Referee: Neil Wilson
Fife Flyers 2 Braehead Clan 3 (After Penalty Shootout)
Clan ended their recent miserable run of six losses on the bounce with a hard fought road success in Kirkcaldy against a Flyers side whose own six game winning ruin at home game to a halt.
Clan player/coach Jordan Krestanovich capped a man of the match display with the only scoring shot in the shootout but credit too to Clan goaltender Michael Will who saved all three Flyers attempts in the one-on one contest.
The opening period was dominated by the visitors but despite outshooting their hosts by 12 to 5 to game remained goalless.
The second period provided goals and an increased edge to the game with firstly Bobby Chaumont firing Flyers ahead at 30.38 and then less than a minute later on the powerplay it was 2-0 as Kris Hogg was on hand to beat Will. Clan needed a lift and got it with a couple of late powerplay opportunities, both of which they took to tie the game. Davide Nicoletti was first to find the net at 37.40 and then with only 8 seconds of the session remaining Krestanovich grabbed Clan’s second.
The third period was very tense with quality scoring chances at a premium. Both sides could make a claim for ending it in regulation but neither could find a winner. Into overtime and again an end to end session resulted in no goals before Clan took the extra point in the shootout with that single Krestanovich scoring shot.
Period Scores: 0-0, 2-2, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1 (0-1)
Penalty Mins: Fif 4+10+0+0=14, Bra 0+10+0+0=10
Powerplay: Fif 1/2, Bra 2/4
Shots on: Bryan Pitton 12+14+7+1=34, Michael Will 5+13+8+4=30
Referee: Rab Cowan
Sheffield Steelers 3 Coventry Blaze 2 (After Overtime)
Steelers were taken all the way by Blaze before claiming the important extra point thanks to a Steven Goertzen powerplay strike in overtime. The result keeps Steelers just about in touch in the league chase but it’s now only one win in five for Blaze.
The opening period saw little between the teams but the single goal scored late on in the action went the way of the visitors as Dustin Cameron fired in at 18.14.
The second period Steelers tie the game at 28.26 with Jeff Legue on target and then at 37.55 on the powerplay the hosts edged ahead thanks to Drew Fata.
Blaze were not lying down at all in this was and it was 2-2 at 45.31 with a goal by Matt Beleskey and after hat, despite both sides having powerplay opportunities there was to be no winner in regulation.
Into the five minute overtime period and a hooking penalty on Blaze forward Greg Leeb at 62.32 proved crucial as at 63.37 Goertzen was in the right place at the right time to claim the winner for a relived Steelers.
Period Scores: 0-1, 2-0, 0-1, 1-0
Penalty Mins: She 2+5+6+0=13, Cov 2+7+6+2=17
Powerplay: She 2/5, Cov 0/3
Shots On: John DeCaro 10+7+3+1=21, Peter Hirsch 8+17+12+5=42
Referee: Michael Hicks