After a week of NHL signings and rumours in the Elite League all eyes were on the Fife Arena and visit of the Philadelphia Flyers other hard man Tom Sisito. It was Sisito that opened the scoring in the second period but a Kyle Hogg hat trick for the Flyers proved that the Flyers good start was no fluke and they can mix it with the big boys of the EIHL.
Sisito was not the only NHLer on the EIHL score sheet as the Detroit Red Wings’ Drew Miller lit the lamp for the Clan against the Capitals.
The game also saw Jade Galbraith on top form once again as his hat trick showed the way for the Clan. Elsewhere there were 6 goals and 6 scorers for the Nottingham Panthers in a dominating performance against the Hull Stingrays that will please the hypercritical Panthers fans.
In Belfast it was the Cardiff Devils turns to visit the O. It was a tale of one side then other though. The Giants enjoyed a great start to the game heading into a first period 4 – 1 lead but the Devils game back in the second scoring 2 unanswered to worry Doug Christiansen’s men. The second intermission team talk must have been something as the Giants remembered they still had a game to play. Goals from Clarke and Keefe within 5 minutes of the restart sealed the game.
It was a night of comebacks in the EPL but none would succeed in the end. In Swindon the Sheffield Steeldogs had led 3 – 0 but the home side forced overtime with the sides level at 5 only for the comeback to be spoilt by an overtime winner from the Yorkshire outfit. After trailing 2 – 1 in Basingstoke the bottom side Telford took a 3 – 2 lead but top of the league Basingstoke showed why they are a favourite for the title by coming back themselves.
Elsewhere the Slough Jets survived a Bracknell fight back to take their match up and submit the Bees to a third successive defeat. Also facing their third successive defeat were the Guildford Flames who were beaten but the resurgent Manchester Phoenix. The nights final game saw the Milton Keynes Lightning pile more pressure on the Peterborough Phantoms with a 4 -1 victory to keep the top eight close.
Fife Flyers 4 Sheffield Steelers 2
Braehead Clan 6 Edinburgh Capitals 3
Belfast Giants 6 Cardiff Devils 3
Nottingham Panthers 6 Hull Stingrays 0
Guildford Flames 2 Manchester Phoenix 4
Slough Jets 6 Bracknell Bees 4
Basingstoke Bison 4 Telford Tigers 3
Milton Keynes Lightning 4 Peterborough Phantoms 1
Swindon Wildcats 5 Sheffield Steeldogs 6 AOT