Ice Hockey: Gallant halts Giants' run

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Belfast Giants, the newly-crowned Superleague champions, saw their record-breaking 16-game unbeaten run come to an end with a 3-1 defeat at Manchester Storm on Sunday.

Belfast had not lost to Storm in seven meetings this season, and the defenceman Jason Bowen put them ahead with a rare goal, but Joe Cardarelli tied the match with 14 minutes left. Russ Romaniuk gave Storm, beaten just once in seven home games, the lead six minutes from time and Trevor Gallant sealed a memorable win 16 seconds from time.

London Knights' winless run stretched to eight games after they let slip a two-goal lead in the 2-2 tie at home to Nottingham Panthers. The netminder Joe Watkins helped Bracknell Bees claim a 1-1 tie at Sheffield Steelers. The Great Britain international made 33 saves, and was beaten only by Brad Lauer in the sixth minute. Mark Turner's goal secured the point.

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