Saurette and Shields help the Giants over the Festive Period
Both new signing were on the game sheets scoring and recording points which helped their team over the glut of home games over the festive period. This period can make over break a team’s challenge to the Elite League title
Belfast Greg Stewart sinks the Clan ship after scoring the winner
Breahead came to Belfast with a short bench but high on aspiration that the Giants had to work hard to quell. They led three times and the Clan finally came away from Fortress Odyssey with a point after losing out to an overtime winner from the Greg Stewart.
Always in the lead Braehead scored first from Matt Haywood. It remained this way until Gregory Stewart scored his first and the Giants on the board to restore equality.
It only too twenty-one seconds of play in the second period for Drew Miller put Braehead back in front. The Giants got back on level terms for a second time as Kevin Saurette netted. David Nicoletti scored next giving the Clan the advantage again.
However, moments later the Giants got their first powerplay and Rob Sandrock converted to make it three apiece. The tight game went all the way into a five-minute sudden death overtime period with Gregory Stewart scoring his second of the night to lift the second point and victory.
Next up came the hard charging Stingrays from Hull in the second leg of their quarterfinals in the Challenge Cup with the Giants holding two-goal margin. Trailing 3-1 from the first leg in the Hull Arena, Stingrays gave themselves a mountain to climb, as they were 4-1 down after the first period.
The Giants Kevin Saurette gave the Giants the lead followed by a second strike from Saurette, then Greg Stewart and Noah Clarke all scoring in the opening period for the Giants. Tendler gave the Stingrays their only marker.
Three powerplay goals from the Stingrays put the sleeping Giants on the back foot with the score line now reading 4-4 Jereme Tendler scored two more to gain his hat trick with Jason Silverthorne scoring the third
Jeremy Tendler tally now has reached 24 for the season and five in three games. Giants Craig Peacock put Giants back in front and that is how it stayed as last season’s beaten finalists secured an 8-5 aggregate win and also claimed two Rapid Solicitors Elite League points.
Belfast has won their last four in a row and need to keep pace with the Panther who still hold first place by four clear points. The Giants however hold two games in hand margin over Nottingham and are matching them point for point.
Written By Wayne Hardman