Sheffield Steelers 4 - 3 Cardiff Devils
Faceoff: 19:30 - 19/10/12
Steelers made it two wins from their opening two Challenge Cup Group B matches with this shootout success over Devils, with Drew Fata firing in the winning shot in round two of sudden death after each side had scored once in the initial three rounds.
Earlier it had been Fata who opened the scoring for the home side as they edged the first period thanks to the blueliner strike on the powerplay only 26 seconds from the period break.
Devils came out with purpose in the second period and scored twice early to move the momentum in their direction. First on the mark was Ben Davies at 22.01 and then Tyson Marsh edged his side ahead at 25.24. Back came Steelers and Shawn Limpright tied it up at 29.51 and Steven Goertzen fired in at 31.17 as the home side reclaimed their advantage.
Devils pressed their hosts in the third period and had slightly more of the play. This finally paid off when skipper Stuart Macrae made it 3-3 at 54.00 and was enough to see the sides go to overtime with neither able to find a regulation winner.
An end to end overtime period produced several chances at either end but no winning strike, leaving it all to Fata to give Steelers the extra point in the end.