Giants gear up for the Two Legged Challenge Cup Final against the Panthers

The Stena Line Belfast Giants season’s is coming to an end with the Challenge Cup two legged final this weekend. Checking they keep their power dry or in hockey terms their players healthy and all tried and tested.

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Giants Captain Adam Keefe holds the Elite League Trophy high at the Giants Causeway

Hence the two game inclusion for Giants backup goalie Andrew Dickson against Fife Flyers and Braehead Clan matchup. But lets start with the Giants win over Nottingham Panther on Wednesday last where Coach Paul Adey was pleased with the team’s 4-1 victory.

Giants Coach Paul Adey lifts theElite League Trophy

Paul Adey with the Elite League Trophy at the Odyssey Arena

“It’s always nice to win at home,” said Adey. “The key thing for us was to get the result and keep the momentum going. It’s good for our confidence any time we beat them. Next Friday is going to be a good hard game and I’m sure we’ll get great support.

The guys have been great and they’ve been so consistent and our road record helps explain why we won the league. Credit to the players, it takes a lot of focus, character and determination and that’s why we’re the League champions.”

Moving on to the road trip to Kirkcaldy on Friday night against the Fife Flyers who are battling hard for the last playoff. Belfast gave a full game exposure to backup goaltender Andrew Dickson and Flyers took advantage of the inexperienced backstop.

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Giants Jeffery Szwez played his heart out in Fife but couldn’t find a goal

The Flyers scored first from Ned Lukacevic but Belfast’s Jeff Mason soon equalized. Darryl Lloyd put the Giants in front only to see Derek Roehl level the score at 2-2.

Then it was all Flyers with first Matt Nickerson then Bobby Chaumont who fired Fife into a 4-2 lead in the second. It didn’t end there as Danny Stewart added a fifth for Flyers with Jordan Fulton ending the scoring at 6-2, which resulted in a great night for the home side who continue to battle on for a Play-Off spot.

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AndrewDickson won his first game as starter for the Stena Line Belfast Giants

Then it was home coming on Sunday afternoon against Braehead Clan at the Odyssey Arena where it took an overtime goal by Jeff Mason thus giving Andrew Dickson his first ever win, starring in goal for the Giants, facing 29 shots from the Clan.

The Clan’s Ash Goldie opened the scoring, which they replicated on a powerplay from Joel Champagne all within the first ten minutes. The Giants called a time out and managed to regroup however no further scoring took place in the period.

The Clan’s Champagne netted his second powerplay goal of the game in the second period. However, Belfast’s Calvin Elfring scored on a Giants powerplay to get back in the game. Giants Captain Adam Keefe tried to install some spark into the Giants game, which Craig Peacock took to heart, making it a one-goal game with two minutes gone in the third period.

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Giants Calving Elfring

Jeff Mason Giants goal scorer

Jeff Mason Giants goal scorer

That seemed to lift Giants Elfring who scored his second of the game to tie the score at three each. It took overtime for the Giants completed their comeback with Jeff Mason scoring the game winner to get the Giants back on their winning ways.

Next up is the two legged Final against the Nottingham Panther!

Surely the Panthers can’t win it for the fifth year in a row or can they??

 

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Written by Wayne HardmanTractor lads (3) aug 2012

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However the question still remains is there more of these to come this season one asks?

 

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