ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Giants fall to 3-1 defeat to Steelers in Sheffield

Brandon Benedict scored his 100th Elite League goal at the weekend
Brandon Benedict scored his 100th Elite League goal at the weekend
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The Belfast Giants suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite League on Sunday.

The Steelers broke the deadlock in the first period when Levi Nelson found the corner of the net to put the hosts ahead.

Guillaume Desbiens finished off a slick passing move to make it 2-0 early in the third quarter but Kris Beech hit back for the Giants to give the visitors some hope.

That hope was dashed, however, when Cullen Eddy sealed Sheffield’s win.

The defeat came 24 hours after the Giants defeated Manchester Storm.

Brandon Benedict scored his 100th Elite League goal in the 4-1 away success over the Storm.

The 33-year-old Canadian, who played for the Nottingham Panthers between his spells with Belfast, finished superbly for the final goal in Altrincham.

Meanwhile, the draw has been made for the Challenge Cup semi-finals with Belfast Giants or Manchester Storm up against Cardiff Devils or Dundee Stars. The other semi sees Sheffield Steelers or Fife Flyers take on Braehead Clan or Nottingham Panthers.