Belfast Giants’ Elite League title hopes suffered a blow as they were beaten 3-2 by Braehead Clan in the Boxing Day fixture
The Giants fought back from 2-0 on Tuesday night in Glasgow as John Kurtz found the net in the second period before Jonathan Ferland levelled six minutes into the final period.
However, Cameron Burt hit Clan’s winner with seven minutes left.
The Giants are now four points behind Cardiff Devils after the leaders earned a 4-3 shootout win over Coventry Blaze.
Cardiff also have a game in hand on Belfast.
After 10 straight away games since late November, the Giants will be back at home against Edinburgh on Friday.
The Giants will then host Braehead 24 hours later at the SSE Arena.
Tyler Shattock and Tyler Scofield hit Braehead’s first-period goals in the Boxing Day game.
In Kirkcaldy, Fife Flyers tore east coast rivals Edinburgh apart to the tune of a 10-1 scoreline at the Fife Ice Arena for one of the results of the season.
Dundee Stars lost 4-0 at Manchester.