Elite League: Belfast Giants suffer second defeat by Cardiff Devils
The Belfast Giants' hopes of retaining their Elite League title suffered a blow as they lost twice away to the Cardiff Devils over the weekend.
Having lost 4-1 on Saturday night, Steve Thornton's side were defeated 5-3 on Sunday evening, allowing the Devils to leapfrog into fourth position.
Mike Kompon, Giants man-of-the-match and captain Adam Keefe, and Jeff Mason were on target for Belfast on Sunday.
Colin Shields' goal on Saturday saw him become the Giants' all-time top scorer.
Shields' consolation strike, assisted by Craig Peacock and Robby Sandrock, was his seventh of the season and saw him move above George Awada in the all-time standings.
Joey Haddad gave the hosts the lead after five minutes of Sunday's contest, then visiting netminder Carson Chubak made a fine save from Jesse Mychan's penalty shot.
Mychan's shot was deflected into the net soon after to make it 2-0, but Kompon pulled one back for the Giants.
Joey Martin restored the two-goal advantage, before Keefe reduced his side's deficit again with a low shot at the end of an exciting first period.
Mason was the only player to find the net in the second period, but in the final period, Matthew Myers tapped in from close range and Cardiff player-coach Andrew Lord completed the scoring.
On Saturday night, Jake Morisette scored the only goal of the first period, with Martin adding the second on the powerplay while Calvin Elfring was in the box for holding.
Shields pulled one back before the end of the second period but Myers found the net twice in the third period for a convincing win.
The injury-ravaged Giants were without their latest casualty, Davy Phillips, who had taken a puck to the face in the match with Sheffield last weekend.