Cardiff extend lead after win over Nottingham
Cardiff Devils extended their lead at the top of the table to four points following a 3-0 win at title rivals Nottingham Panthers.
Panthers went into the game on the back of four straight wins in all competitions, but fell behind in the second period through a power play strike from Jake Morissette.
Leigh Salters and Guillaume Doucet added further goals in the final period in front of a crowd of 6,556 at the National Ice Centre.
Sheffield Steelers remain in third place despite going down 3-2 to Coventry Blaze after a penalty shoot-out.
Mathieu Roy cancelled out Brett Robinson's opener for Blaze in the first period and although Ben O'Connor put the Steelers ahead in the second, Robinson levelled to force a shoot-out.
Blaze pair Drew Fisher and Jordan Pietrus were both on target while visiting goalie Bryan Stewart saved efforts from Steelers' duo Tyler Mosienko and Ryan Hayes.
Manchester Storm beat bottom two rivals Edinburgh Capitals 8-5 in Altrincham.
Ned Lukacevic and Trevor Gerling put Capitals two up and although Grant Toulmin pulled one back, Lukacevic and Gerling both struck again to put the visitors 4-1 up early in the second period.
But Storm hit back with four unanswered goals from Mathew Sisca, Luke Salazar, Ricards Birzinsh and Patrik Valcak to edge 5-4 ahead.
Paul Zanette hauled Capitals level in the third period, but the hosts responded with three more of their own through Matt Paton, Sisca and Vinny Scarsella.
Fife Flyers remain 10 points clear of Storm courtesy of their 4-3 victory over Belfast Giants in Kirkcaldy.
Goals from Flyers' Justin Fox and Nicholas Rioux sandwiched one from Giants' James Desmarais in the first period.
Giants responded through Colin Shields and Jonathan Boxill to lead 3-2 heading into the third period, but Nico Sacchetti's double clinched victory for Flyers.
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