Elite League: Giants defeat Steelers in shootout

The Belfast Giants keep in touch with their rivals for the Elite League title thanks to a penalty shoot-out success over Sheffield Steelers at the Odyssey Arena on Sunday.

Belfast Giants clinched a shootout win over Sheffield Steelers in Sunday's Elite League clash at the Odyssey.

Mike Kompon and Ray Sawada struck early in the second period to put the hosts 2-0 ahead but Mike Forney pulled one back before Jonathan Phillips levelled.

Forney edged the Steelers in front but Kompon equalised with 30 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

With no further score it went down to penalties and the Giants won 2-0 to make it two victories over the weekend.

Belfast made the better start and netminder Frank Doyle saved an Evan Cheverie shot while both sides failed to exploit powerplay opportunities.

Kompon poked in three minutes into the second period and a lacklustre game finally came to life.

Evan Cheverie scores in the shootout to secure victory for Belfast Giants
Evan Cheverie scores in the shootout to secure victory for Belfast Giants

New Giants signing Kevin Westgarth almost scored a superb goal, starting from behind his own goal and scything through the Steelers.

He was thwarted by Doyle but from from the resulting scramble Sawada netted to double the lead after 27 minutes.

Forney scored his 20th goal of the season three minutes later on a powerplay before a long delay when Giants defenceman Jeff Mason took a puck full in the face and required treatment.

Sheffield netted twice within a minute late in the second period, with Phillips arrowing his shot in before Forney silenced the Odyssey crowd.

Chasing the game in the final moments and with a powerplay, the Giants pulled metminder Carsen Chubak.

The decision paid off, as Kompon hit the Steelers net to leave it 3-3 and after overtime the game was decided by penalties.

Kompon and Cheverie were the only scorers as the Giants completed a weekend double after beating Fife Flyers 3-2 in overtime in Saturday's Challenge Cup game.

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