Devils score a go ahead goal to defeat the Giants once again !

Cardiff snatch the go ahead goal to beat Giants once again !

 To show pride, and give the Giants’ fans something to cheer about Belfast tried their best. Yet once again the Devils showed their resolve by downing the home team 3-2

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Cardiff DevilsThe SSE Arena in high expectation of a Giants victory over Cardiff

Belfast showed remarkable strength of character coming back from a two-goal deficit. The Devils’ Andrew Hotham had other ideas as to who was going to win this game. He grabbed the winning goal for Cardiff in the final period to earn them the second win of the weekend.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Cardiff Devils

Andrew Hotman (24) celebrates with his Cardiff Devils team mates on scoring a goal

Coming out of the traps on fire, not missing a beat from Friday night’s victory the Devils took the lead early after Guillaume Doucet scored his 19th goal of the season, assisted by Joey Martin and Chris Jones. That ended the scoring in the opening period

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Cardiff Devils

Patrick Asselin  (23) nets the Devils goal to give them a two goal lead

Showing the same determination Cardiff’s Patrick Asselin doubled the Devils’ lead after about a minute played in the second period with a powerplay goal, assisted by Andrew Hotham and Layne Ulmer. However the Giants battled back with two goals in as many minutes at the end of the middle period. It was Blair Riley who dug deepest by pulling one back for the home side with a powerplay strike late in the second period assisted by Chris Higgins and Jerome Leduc. If one was good then a tying goal was even better.

 Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Cardiff Devils

Chris Higgins (68) assist on Blair Riley come back goal

The referee awarded a penalty shot to Belfast that David Rutherford netted. He leveled the score outsmarting Cardiff netminder Ben Bowns in the dying minutes of the middle period.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Cardiff DevilsDavid Rutherford (91) beats Ben Bowns (33) in the Devils nets 

Into the final period the Devils got off to the best possible start as Andrew Hotham regained the lead for his team at 41:53, assisted by Layne Ulmer. Hotham’s goal came on the powerplay with referee Hogarth sending Blair Riley to the penalty box for a high sticking call.

 The Devils withstood a third period onslaught from the Giants to close out an important win in Belfast, their second in as many nights. After the final whistle was blown both teams saw reason to continue the tension with Cardiff’s Ben Bowns and the Giants’ Jim Vandermeer actually trading punches.

Fortunately calm prevailed, not before the officials listed a number of players, from both teams ten-minute match penalties. The final disciplinary outcome will be heard in the weekly Elite League’s hearing. It will confirm any game suspensions following the players’ conduct after Saturday’s game.

The Giants return to action on 25 February on Saturday against the Fife Flyers – face-off 7.00 PM at the SSE Arena Belfast before facing the Nottingham Panthers away on Sunday. Tickets for Saturday’s home game are on sale now online at ticketmaster.ie as well as from the SSE Arena box office until face-off either in person or by calling 028 9073 9074.

So the Final Score ended up Belfast Giants 2-3 Cardiff Devils and the Giants Man of the Match was#12 Steve Saviano

Written By Wayne Hardman

 Elite Ice Hockey League Standings 2016/17
                   
  GP Regulation OT/PS OT/PS Regulation PTS   Current  
    Wins Wins Losses Losses     Streak  
                   
Cardiff*

42

26

6

3

7

67

  8 wins  
Belfast*

43

23

5

4

11

60

  3 losses  
Sheffield*

42

24

4

3

11

59

  3 wins  
Braehead

43

21

1

3

18

47

  4 wins  
Nottingham

40

17

3

6

14

46

  1 loss  
Fife

43

16

4

3

20

43

  3 losses  
Manchester

42

15

1

6

20

38

  3 losses  
Dundee

43

11

4

6

22

36

  2 wins  
Coventry

44

11

5

3

25

35

  1 win  
Edinburgh

40

9

5

1

25

29

  1 win  

 

 Gardiner Conference Standings 2016-2017
After games of 19/2/17              
  GP Regulation OT/PS OT/PS Regulation PTS   Current  
    Wins Wins Losses Losses     Streak  
                   
Braehead

26

19

0

1

6

39

 

3 wins

 
Manchester

27

11

1

3

12

27

 

1 loss

 
Dundee

25

9

3

3

10

27

 

2 wins

 
Fife

27

10

1

3

13

25

 

6 losses

 
Edinburgh

25

6

5

0

14

22

 

1 win

 

 

 

 Erhardt Conference Standings 2016-2017
After games of 19/2/17              
  GP Regulation OT/PS OT/PS Regulation PTS   Current  
    Wins Wins Losses Losses     Streak  
                   
Cardiff

26

15

3

3

5

39

 

6 wins

 
Belfast

25

11

4

2

8

32

 

2 losses

 
Sheffield

25

12

1

2

10

28

 

1 loss

 
Nottingham

26

10

2

4

10

28

 

1 loss

 
Coventry

28

3

4

3

18

17

 

1 win

 

 

 

 

 

 

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