After a goalless first period in Manchester the Panthers, boosted by their win in the Benson and Hedges cup final the previous night, took a 2-0 lead through Jarret Zukiwsky and Simon Hunt before Kelly Askew put the leaders back in the game. Askew scored to send the match into overtime and after 3min 57sec Brad Rubachuk grabbed the winner.
Ian McIntyre scored first for Cardiff Devils and goals from Vezio Sacratini, Steve Thornton and Peter Ekroth added to the lead. Sacratini scored in the final session, along with Kip Peter Noble, Ivan Matuilk and Mario Simioni.
Denis Chasse scored first for Bracknell Bees at home to Riverkings. Chris Brant and Rob Stewart scored in the first period and Riverkings replied through Mike Bodnarchuk and Rob Trumbley. Bees led further in the second when Chasse and Darren McAusland traded goals before Brant and Sal Manganaro wrapped it up, despite two Riverkings consolation goals.