ICE HOCKEY: Noble lifts the Steelers

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SHEFFIELD STEELERS moved to within a point of the top of the Sekonda Superleague after a last-gasp victory over Nottingham Panthers. Kip Noble was the Steelers hero, his double earning his side a 3-2 victory at the Sheffield Arena.

The former Cardiff Devils defender struck the game-winning goal with 29 seconds left in the Boxing Day battle to cap a sterling fightback and keep Steelers on the heels of the leaders, London Knights.

In Wales, netminder Frank Pietrangelo gave away one present too many as Manchester Storm were beaten 7-5 by Cardiff. It was all too much for Storm's coach Kurt Kleinendorst who withdrew the Stanley Cup winner after 13 minutes with his side 4-0 behind.

Ayr Scottish Eagles beat Newcastle Riverkings 7-1.