Lloyd stars in Giants win

Elite League leaders Belfast Giants retained their seven-point lead at the top of the table following a 5-1 victory at home to Coventry Blaze.

Darryl Lloyd scored a brace while Chris Higgins, Jeffrey Szwez and Robby Sandrock got a goal apiece for the Giants. Ryan Ginand netted for the Blaze, who are sixth.

Second-placed Braehead Clan also scored five in a 5-0 victory over the Fife Flyers, who are struggling down in ninth spot.

The Sheffield Steelers in fourth edged a seven-goal thriller at home to the Cardiff Devils while seventh placed Hull Stingrays defeated Nottingham Panthers 7-5.