The Sheffield Steelers pulled off a remarkable comeback to beat the Elite League champions at a rocking Motorpoint Arena on Sunday.
Visitors the Belfast Giants were 4-1 up and cruising, before Gerad Adams’ men stormed back into the game to level, and take the victory in a penalty shootout.
Belfast took an early lead through former Steeler Colin Shields, the Scot tucking the puck under Frank Doyle after Dustin Whitecotton’s lovely pass.
Robert Dowd made it 1-1 with a fine backhand, but Belfast hit the front again through Rob Sandrock.
The middle period got off to the worst possible start for the hosts, Shields taking just 41 seconds to add his second and Belfast’s third.
At 29.51 Steelers fans could have been forgiven for giving up on the points, as Kevin Saurette fired home.
But Drew Fata’s powerplay goal at 32.44 gave the hosts some hope.
And the third period belonged to Sheffield, Jeff Legue taking centre stage with two goals inside the first five minutes.
First he tipped in a shot, stood in front of the net, and then he scopped the puck home after a scramble in the crease.
Overtime failed to separate the teams, and Doyle made himself the hero with three saves in the shootout, Chris Blight backhanding home for the Steelers.
The win was no less than Sheffield deserved for a third period effort that saw them battle relentlessly for their coach Adams.