Eagles fall as Steelers maintain their form

Sheffield Steelers extended their record-breaking winning run to 12 matches to move 10 points clear at the top of the Superleague.

Sheffield Steelers extended their record-breaking winning run to 12 matches to move 10 points clear at the top of the Superleague.

Ayr Scottish Eagles became their latest victims on Sunday when they were beaten 3-1. The game saw the return of last season's Superleague player of the year, Ed Courtenay, to the Sheffield Arena. However, he was kept quiet by the home defence. Wayne Norris, Kayle Short and Kent Simpson netted the goals, with Jan Mikel's late reply a mere consolation.

Nottingham Panthers and Cardiff Devils both enjoyed 3-2 overtime wins, at London Knights and at home to Belfast Giants, respectively.

Panthers were forced into overtime by Rich Bronilla's equaliser after Jimmy Paek and David Struch had put the visitors ahead following Bill Huard's opener in the first period. Three minutes into the extra period Jamie Leach fired home the winner to give Nottingham their third win of the season.

Steve Thornton settled his Cardiff side's game with Belfast at the IceHouse, with the decisive goal coming four minutes into the overtime session.

Bracknell Bees managed their first victory in regulation by handing Manchester Storm their fourth defeat in five games with a 6-3 win at Amen Corner.

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