MANCHESTER Storm beat Elite Hockey League leaders Cardiff Devils 3-1 to make it 10 wins in a row but their run was ended 24 hours later with a 4-1 reverse at Guildford Flames.

In front of a capacity home crowd on Saturday, Storm won thanks to goals from Matt Stanisz, Dane Byers and Ciaran Long.

The Guildford away game on Sunday was part of the Conference as well as league points at stake, and Storm were hoping to beat the league newcomers to try and win the Conference title.

Flames were smarting from a sudden-death shoot-out defeat against Storm the previous weekend and exacted revenge on home ice but Storm coach Ryan Finnerty paid tribute to his players.

He said: "To win 10 games on the trot is amazing and in those victories were wins in Belfast and Sheffield (our first ever since re-forming) and a good win against runaway leaders Cardiff Devils.

"The team’s performance has been rewarded with a sell-out crowd last weekend and hopefully we can sell out every game in March to wrap our season up.

"What the team have done this season is very special.

"We may be one of the smaller-budgeted teams in the Elite League but we are growing all the time and Manchester Storm is fast.”

Storm hit the road this weekend with Cardiff away on Friday night followed by a trip to Fife on Saturday.