Elite League: Belfast Giants 4-5 Sheffield Steelers

Giants forward Darryl Lloyd puts in a strong challenge on Sheffield's Tomas Petruska
Giants forward Darryl Lloyd puts in a strong challenge on Sheffield's Tomas Petruska

Belfast Giants are now on a five-game losing streak after Sunday's 5-4 overtime defeat by Sheffield Steelers.

Cullen Eddy scored the overtime winner at the Odyssey after the Giants fought back from 4-2 down to tie the game.

Craig Peacock scored twice for the hosts with Nathan Robinson and Calvin Eflring getting the others.

Colton Fretter (2), Michael Forney, Robert Dowd and Eddy were on target for Sheffield, who condemned Belfast to an eighth defeat in their last 10 games.

Needing to sit one import out of the line-up, Giants coach Steve Thornton benched Kevin Westgarth and recalled Evan Cheverie.

But it had no impact as they failed to capitalise on the Steelers having to use their back-up netminder Geoff Woolhouse.

Fretter opened the scoring for the visitors at 6:22 as he was left to skate in all alone on goalie Carsen Chubak and easily took the puck around him before tucking it into the net.

Mike Forney scores Sheffield's second goal in the Elite League clash at the Odyssey
Mike Forney scores Sheffield's second goal in the Elite League clash at the Odyssey

Forner took advantage of some inept penalty killing to double the lead at the 10-minute mark and despite Peacock's response at 11:58, the Steelers scored again before the end of the first period.

Dowd showed the desire and hustle to beat Cody Brookwell to the front of the net and tip the puck home.

The Giants spent the opening half of the middle session killing more penalties and not successfully as Fretter notched his second goal at 31:21.

A bright spot for the Giants has been their newest signing Robinson, and his neat finish cut the deficit to two goals at 33:51.

Into the final 20 minutes and the Giants began piling on the pressure on Woolhouse.

Elfring's persistence paid off at 48:10 when he scrambled the puck over the line and at 53:51 the Steelers netminder failed to deal with Peacock's shot and the game was tied and heading to overtime.

Elfring lost the puck in the Steelers zone and Eddy's shot was enough to beat Chubak and claim the win for the Steelers.

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