The Belfast Giants suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Cardiff Devils on Sunday night.
The loss does little to impact the Giants position in the league table as they remain behind the Nottingham Panthers as the race for playoff seedings heats up.
After a frenetic start to the game it was the Devils who capitalised scoring after only 103 seconds.
Matthew Myers was the man on target firing the puck past Carsen Chubak in the Giants goal.
The Giants were soon back on level terms when Colin Shields fired a powerful a slapshot which was well saved by Bowns, but Evan Cheverie followed up with the rebound.
The game only remained tied for just a few minutes before Devils Joey Haddad completed the first period scoring when he struck with a powerplay goal.
Joey Martin extended Cardiff’s lead, assisted by Hudson and Marsh – however Ray Sawada pulled one back for the Giants. It was Sawada’s 20th goal of the season, leaving the score at 3-2 to the home side after 40 minutes.
The Giants threw everything at the Cardiff Devils in the final period, but were unable to find a way to level the scores.
Next weekend see the Giants back in action with an away game in Sheffield against the Steelers on Saturday evening.