Elite League: Belfast Giants complete double over Steelers
The Belfast Giants boosted their hopes of retaining their Elite League crown by completing a weekend double over the Sheffield Steelers at the Odyssey.
Steve Thornton's side followed up their 5-3 win on Friday with a 6-3 victory over their title rivals on Saturday.
Colin Shields, Cody Brockwell, Darryl Lloyd, Ray Sawada, Craig Peacock netted for the Giants as they leapfrogged Sheffield into second place.
Tyler Mosienko, Colton Fretter and Jason Hewitt scored for the Steelers.
After Friday night's feisty encounter between the sides, this second game began in a similar vein with a scuffle within two minutes of the start as the puck ended up in the Steelers' net but, after a melee, the 'goal' was disallowed for charging on netminder Frank Doyle.
The Giants' Sawada and Steelers' Cullen Eddy then sat out for nine and seven minutes respectively for a catalogue of penalties.
Sheffield took the lead after three minutes through Mosienko but they were only ahead for just over a minute as Colin Shields smacked in a fine equaliser.
The puck was in the Steelers' net for a third time as a Westgarth shot deflected and looped in, but with some illegal assistance, the officials deemed, from Mark McCutcheon.
The Steelers retook the lead when Fretter smashed the puck past Carsen Chubak in the Giants' goal.
The game exploded in five action-packed minutes late in the second period which produced five goals.
Brockwell levelled things up at 2-2 and then, within a minute, the Giants went ahead as Lloyd was fed at the back post by Calvin Elfring.
Belfast were then grateful to Chubak's knee for keeping their lead during a goalmouth scramble before they scored again for 4-2 through former NHL player Sawada, making it three Giants goals in just one minute and 37 seconds.
But Sheffield were not out of it and Hewitt pulled a cheeky goal back for the Steelers, firing in off Chubak from behind the net.
The flurry of goals was then completed by Peacock, with a fine shot from far out and wide which confounded Doyle.
The third period saw just one more goal as Kompon had a simple tap-in after fine work from Daryl Lloyd to fashion the opening.