Ice hockey: The Steelers keep pace with Cardiff

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The Independent Online
With just two weeks of the regular season left, only Sheffield Steelers can stop Cardiff Devils from lifting the inaugural Superleague title.

The Welsh side are four points clear but Steelers have two games in hand (one of which, against Ayr Scottish Eagles, was played last night).

Cardiff could have a more comfortable cushion had they not dropped two points at Nottingham Panthers, only their eighth defeat in 36 games. Nottingham, however, were brought back to earth the next day against Manchester Storm, who overcame a two-goal deficit to win 4-2.

There were no such difficulties for Devils, who easily beat Basingstoke Bison 6-2, while Steelers kept up the pace with similar ease, beating Newcastle 4-2.