Giants need to find a way fast!

 Finally the Giants scored a game-tying goal in the last minute of regulation to force overtime with the Nottingham Panthers. Had they now turn the corner? However without being able to net a winner in the overtime 4 on 4 play it came to that horrible outcome of an overtime shoot out with former Giant Chris Higgins scoring the winner.

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Belfast Giants Darryl Lloyd with puck

But back to the start, following Darryl Lloyd did score in the opening minutes but was negated by a dislodged goal net other than that it remained a scoreless first period.

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Belfast Giants Craig Peacock On the Puck

Belfast got on the score sheet in the second with Craig Peacock firing a pinpoint wrist shot high over the shoulder of Craig Kowalski. The Giants held the advantage for 15 minutes but with the period coming to a close the Panthers struck twice inside a minute with goals from Guillaume Doucet and Jonathan Boxzu to end the middle stanza with a 2-1 lead.

Ray Sawada battles against the Blaze Giants Ray Sawada in action

In the final period with end-to-end action and the Panthers taking great pleasure in punishing Belfast’s Ray Sawada with various dubious actions the game tumbled on till the last minute. The Giants Coach Steve Thornton pulled Carsen Chubak to gain an extra forward. A late huge scramble in front of the Panthers goal ended to the delight of the majority of the 7164 in attendance at the Odyssey,

 

Ray Sawada was on hand to tie the game and force overtime with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. The shootout saw Giants sharp shooters; Nathan Robinson, Mike Kompon and Evan Cheverie all come up emptied handed stopped by Dan Green however sadly former Giant Chris Higgins sneaked home the winner for the Panthers.

 

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Steve Thornton pulled Carseen Chubak from Goal but it made little difference

Steve Thornton Continental CupIn this thrilling game where we finally saw the Giants score in the dying seconds the beginning of their comeback. Sadly no as they then fell by a score line of 5-1 on Sunday evening to the same Panthers outfit.

After the shoot out loss Belfast Coach Steve Thornton had this to say. “ You can only take positives from the game at this stage in the season. We set specific goals before the game, which I thought we achieve. For example on the penalty front, scoring chances, limited their odd man rushes and many more.

But still we need to find a way to win these tight games end Thornton’s interview.

Well it was the Panthers Guillaume Doucet’s hat trick that did the trick for Nottingham.

Again an end-to-end evenly match-opening period finished scoreless with the Panthers heavily outshooting the Giants by a tall of 18-5.

Guillaume Doucet redirected a shot from Cody Wild to give the Panthers a powerplay goal and the opening score. The Giants leveled the score through Craig Peacock who recorded his 23rd goal of the season after securing a loose puck and beating Mattias Modig in the Panthers Goal.

No pucks bulged the net again until the final period when Nottingham took control blowing the game wide open. With the Giants on the powerplay Doucet added his second of the evening and 15th of the season with a shorthanded tally which would turn out to be the game winning goal.

Greg Jacina then made it 3-1 with a powerplay strike then Doucet piled on the misery for the Giants scoring his hat-trick goal Doucet, yet another shorthanded score to extend the lead to 4-1, leaving Cody Wild to complete the scoring, tallying the 5th goal with 2 minutes remaining in the game.

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Nottingham Panthers coach Corey Neilson had this to say following the weekend’s results. “As long as we keep working hard and keep doing our thing I’m sure the rest of the season will be good to said head coach Corey Neilson after he steered his short-staffed side to an impressive 5-1 victory over Belfast on Sunday to add to the 3-2 penalty shoot-out victory on Saturday.

The results keep Nottingham in pole position in the Erhardt Conference standings. The Giants are at home to the Coventry Blaze for the last regular season game of the Elite League Friday the 20th of March 2015.

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2014/15 LEAGUE STANDINGS

Pos ELITE GP W RW L OTL SOL PTS GF GA PIM STK P10
1 Sheffield Steelers 50 33 29 13 1 3 70 187 130 724 0-1-0-0 7-3-0-0
2 Braehead Clan 50 33 31 14 2 1 69 178 130 1057 0-1-0-0 6-4-0-0
3 Cardiff Devils 49 32 27 13 2 2 68 196 144 1140 2-0-0-0 9-1-0-0
4 Nottingham Panthers 50 29 23 15 2 4 64 161 130 878 5-0-0-0 5-4-0-1
5 Belfast Giants 50 25 23 19 2 4 56 172 147 857 0-3-0-0 1-7-0-1
6 Coventry Blaze 49 23 17 24 2 0 48 125 141 678 1-0-0-0 7-3-0-0
7 Fife Flyers 50 22 18 25 1 2 47 167 174 872 1-0-0-0 4-5-0-0
8 Hull Stingrays 49 19 16 22 3 5 46 148 181 643 0-1-0-0 3-5-0-0
9 Edinburgh Capitals 49 18 12 25 1 5 42 123 203 784 1-0-0-0 4-5-0-0
10 Dundee Stars 50 14 6 32 2 2 32 117 194 1047 0-1-0-0 3-6-0-0

 

x = Teams who have clinched a playoff position.

y = Teams who have clinched first-place in the division.s long as we keep working hard and keep doing our thing I’m sure the rest of the season will be good to aid head coach Corey Neilson after he steered his short-staffed side to an impressive 1-5 win in Belfast on Sunday to add to the 2-3 penalty shoot-out victory on Saturday.

The results keep Nottingham in pole position in the Erhardt Conference standings.

 

 

 

 

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