Giants dig deep to gain three points from two great comebacks

Giants dig deep, level the game, lose the penalty shoot out but still earn three points 

Have Giants’ fans now started to see the real Belfast Giants playing as a team with real ‘never say die’ commitment and determination? Only the remainder of the Elite League season will reveal the truth.

With total belief in themselves the Giants produced two very different impressive comebacks. The first against the Devils and a win after overtime, then away against Dundee Stars on Sunday coming back from a 4-1 down score in the second and third periods to eventfully take the game to a penalty shoot out but fail to score but earn a point form the PSO loss.

chris_higgins_belfastChris Higgins (68)

Chris Higgins’ winning goal  saw the Giants complete the comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Cardiff, home of the Elite League leaders. The Giants now trail the Devils by four points with four more league meetings to go between the two sides.

Jackson Whistle (1) saves infront of battle groundJackson Whistle (1) Man of The Match again 

Jackson Whistle was the Giants’ starting netminder with Jeff Mason the scratch for Saturday’s matchup. So with the two squads meeting for only the second time this season anything could happen, and it did.

Matt Nickerson (50) in Cardiff Rumble

Matt Nickerson (50) eye up his opponent

Nicherson and Louis (4) rumble at centre ice Cardiff

Matt Nickerson (50) and Louis (4) startto Tango

Within the first baker’s dozen of seconds played in the first period the Giants’ Matt Nickerson set down a Giants’ statement. ‘Don’t Mess With Us’ was what it meant as he dropped the gloves with Cardiff’s Mark Louis.

Matt Nickerson (50) & Cardiff's Louis danceNickerson (50) and Louis (4)  now fully engaged 

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Louis (4) and Nickerson (50) deep into the hockey rumble

Sadly that did not seem to have an effect on the Devils. They opened the scoring just past the midway period when Matthew Myers’ shot found it’s way into the Giants’ goal with Jackson Whistle unsighted.

The drama continued and it only took until the remaining five minutes of the opening period when David Rutherford decided to have his own rumble with Cardiff’s Andrew Hotham in the Cardiff zone. What an opening period for the Devils. The Giants were down by one as well as two hockey rumbles testing each team’s, testosterone.

With just five minutes played in the second period Cardiff doubled their lead. Their sharp shooter Joey Martin’s pass deflected its way into the path of Patrick Asselin who shot into the empty net.

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Blair Riley (25) on the puck

This was when the Giants regrouped and started their comeback. Belfast piled the pressure onto their hosts. Finally, Belfast netted for the first time in the game with Blair Riley snapping the puck into the roof of the Devils’ net, assisted by Chris Higgins and Michael Forney while on the powerplay.

Giants Jonathan Boxill  (89) scored against Sheffield

Jonathan Boxill (89) happy scoring

Belfast worked hard to get back to level terms with Matt Towe offloading the puck to Mike Quesnele who unleashed a slap shot from the blue line, which Jonathan Boxill redirected into the net to make it a 2-2 game.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Cardiff Devils

Jackson Whistle (1) in action again

Giants’ goalie Jackson Whistle was called into action time and time again during the final period as the home side turned up the heat. Cardiff went in search of a decisive third goal but neither squad could find the back of the net.

chris_higgins_belfastChris Higgins (68) 

The contest went to overtime, which only lasted 150 seconds when Chris Higgins stripped the puck from the Devils’ defenseman and rounded the Cardiff netminder when one-on-one to win the game for the Giants.

Giants squad congratulates the victory

Giants celebrate the overtimewin in Cardiff

So in this very dramatic game the score ended Cardiff Devils 2-3 Belfast Giants with Giants’ Man of the Match awarded to #1 Jackson Whistle. So what ever could faze the Giants in Scotland after such an energy sapping games in Wales?

The grit that the Giants showed in their comeback to gain a point in Dundee on Sunday was surely a sign of things to come. Sadly they could not find a way past Fallon between the Stars’ posts who took the win 5-4, after penalty shots.

One must remember Belfast came from 4-1 down to draw level and take the game to overtime which shows remarkable courage and dedication to team spirit. So Sunday’s point gave the Giants a three-point weekend following Saturday’s impressive 3-2 comeback win in Cardiff after trailing 2-0 against the league leaders.

Stephen Murphy (31)nagainst the Clan

Stephen Murphy (31)

In Dundee Stephen Murphy got the call to start in net for the Giants with Ryan Martinelli and Mark Garside the Belfast side’s scratches. It did not take long for the Stars to take the lead as Mikael Lidhammar, assisted by Cale Tanaka broke the deadlock.

Jim Vandermeer (9) salutes Giants goalie

Jim Vandermeer  (9) salutes his goalie 

By the seven minute mark the Stars doubled their lead with Kevin Bruijsten netting, assisted by Kevin Hart and Vinny Scarsella. Jim Vandermeer pulled one back for the Giants when he ripped a slap shot into the back of the Dundee net, assisted by Michael Forney and Jeff Mason.

Another killer goal came shortly after as the Stars extended the lead to two goals once again as Kevin Bruijsten posted his second goal of the game, assisted by Vinny Scarsella all in the opening period.

The Stars were almost out of sight in the second period when, against the run of play, Vinny Scarsella scored a penalty shot, awarded at just past the midway point of the game.

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Player Coach Derrick Walser (43) lit the flame

That was when the Giants lit the flame. With less than a minute left on the game clock in the second period, Derrick Walser scored shorthanded, assisted by Blair Riley to bring the Giants to within two goals of Dundee.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals

Blair Riley (25)

The Giants scored their second shorthanded goal of the game when Blair Riley fired home, assisted by Michael Forney, with only 76 seconds of the final period gone. He scored again assisted by Chris Higgins, to complete the comeback for the Giants by leveling the game at 4-4 and sending it into overtime.

Both sides had chances to win the game in the overtime period, only to find netminders Murphy and Fallon in impressive form. The Giants were unable to find a way past Fallon in the shootout with Rutherford, Higgins and Riley all denied by the Stars’ netminder.

Michael Lidhammar scored the game-winning goal for Dundee with his first penalty shot squeezing past Murphy and into the Giants’ net to give the home side the extra point.

Belfast now trail Cardiff by three points with the Devils having played one game less. Belfast now returns home for back-to-back home games at the SSE Arena. On Friday 20 January 2017 the Giants face the Nottingham Panthers with Dundee Stars opponents on the following night on Saturday 2 January – both games face-off at 7p.00 PM.

So the final score was Dundee Stars 5-4 Belfast Giants (after penalty shots). Not surprisingly the Giants’ Man of the Match was #25 Blair Riley.

Wayne Hardman Sports Reporter

Written by Wayne Hardman

 

 

 

 

 Elite Ice Hockey League Standings 2016/17
After Games of 15/1/17    
GP Regulation OT/PS OT/P S Regulation PTS Current
Wins Wins Losses Losses Streak
Cardiff

32

18

5

3

6

49

1 loss

Belfast

33

16

5

4

8

46

1 loss

Sheffield

31

18

3

2

8

44

4 wins

Nottingham

30

14

3

3

10

37

1 loss

Fife

31

15

1

2

13

34

1 win

Braehead

34

15

0

2

17

32

4 losses

Manchester

30

12

1

3

14

29

1 win

Coventry

34

8

4

3

19

27

2 losses

Dundee

32

8

3

4

17

26

3 wins

Edinburgh

31

8

2

1

20

21

1 loss

 

 

 Gardiner Conference Standings 2016-2017
After games of 15/1/17
GP Regulation OT/PS OT/PS Regulation PTS Current
Wins Wins Losses Losses Streak
Braehead

20

14

0

0

6

28

2 losses

Fife

20

10

0

2

8

22

1 win

Manchester

19

8

1

2

8

20

1 win

Dundee

18

6

1

2

8

17

2 wins

Edinburgh

19

5

2

0

12

14

1 loss

 

 

 Erhardt Conference Standings 2016-2017
After games of 15/1/17
GP Regulation OT/PS OT/PS Regulation PTS Current
Wins Wins Losses Losses Streak
Belfast

20

8

4

2

6

26

1 win

Cardiff

18

9

2

3

4

25

2 losses

Sheffield

20

10

1

2

7

24

3 wins

Nottingham

18

7

2

3

6

21

2 losses

Coventry

22

2

4

3

13

15

2 losses

 

 

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Giants take 2 but the Steelers snatch 3 points from the double hitter

When two of the top teams in the Elite League come together in a back-to-back encounter, in whichever team’s barn, you know you are going to watch intense, hard-skating and competitive hockey.

That quality of play is what fans saw at last week-end’s game. Almost 400 Steelers’ supporters made the journey to the SSE Arena to enjoy the contest. In Rockies Bar, nestled in the Odyssey Arena as it was once called or I know it, was a sea of Steelers colors mingling with the die hard Giants fans enjoying the pregame banter. It reminded me of pre-game gatherings before most NFL Football games back in North America.

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Jackson Whistle (1) with Jim Vandermeer (9) in action

 The Giants’ net minder Jackson Whistle got the call to start the opening game on Saturday night, though Michael Forney was down with a bug and not available for their offense.

 In a very tight game, which took until the overtime period to establish a victory, the Giants won Saturday night’s opening game in an exciting, mouth watering double hitter 2-1. After closely fought opening and middle periods, which remained scoreless, the game sprung to life in the final twenty minutes. With the game tied at 1-1 following sixty minutes of play, Chris Higgins grabbed the all-important winner for the home side thirty-one seconds into overtime.

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers - Elite Ice Hockey LeagueChris Higgins (68) nets the winner in overtime to gain the only points won off the Steelers in last weekends double hitter.

 Belfast edged the opening period in terms of both possession and shots however Ervins Mustukovs in the Sheffield goal stood tall and kept the Giants at bay. However in the second period it was Whistle’s turn to stand on his head stopping everything shot at him, including killing off three Steelers’ powerplay opportunities.

The Steelers’ puck stopper Mustukovs, nick named the “Moose” was again the difference early in the final period as he produced a string of impressive saves to deny the Giants in two early powerplay opportunities. It took fifty minutes of playing time before a goal was scored. Then out of the blue two nets bulged inside 22 seconds. First Colton Fretter, assisted by John Armstrong and Mathieu Roy, then seconds later and it was all square as Colin Shields squeezed the puck into the Steelers net, assisted by James Desmarais and Steve Saviano.

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers - Elite Ice Hockey League

Colin Sheilds (9) scores the tieing goal to take the contest to an overtime period 

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers - Elite Ice Hockey League

Chris Higgins (68) celebrates with teammates on scoring the OT winner over the Steelers

The contest was that close it had to enter an overtime period to find a winner. The Giants broke into the Sheffield zone with Blair Riley dishing the puck to Chris Higgins. Higgins, one-on-one with the goalie, pulled a move and netted to take the win for Belfast thirty-one seconds into the overtime period. So the final score was Stena Line Belfast Giants 2-1 Sheffield Steelers and the Giants’ Man of the Match #1 Jackson Whistle

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Man of the match Jackson Whistle (1)

Paul Thompson

Sheffields Head Coach Paul Thompson

So Sheffield’s Coach Paul Thompson had a night in a Belfast hotel to work out what went wrong. No doubt pleased to take a point out of the first encounter but now how to gain two from the second nights encounter with the squad that sits firmly in second place in the Elite League standings

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Giants Player Coach Derrick Walser

Coach Derrick Walser chose Stephen Murphy to work between the Giants’ posts hoping a fresh goaltender would prove the decisive move to take another two points from the contest with high scoring Michael Forney still sidelined through illness. The Giants opened the scoring at the ten minute mark while on the powerplay as Blair Riley found a wide-open Chris Higgins at the back door who slotted the puck into the Steelers’ net.

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Chris Higgins (68) opens the scoring against the Steelers

The Steelers leveled with only fifty seconds remaining in the opening period when John Armstrong used a screen in front of the net to fire the puck home. Then, thirty-five seconds later the Steelers led through Yarod Hagos as his strike gave the away side a 2-1 lead after the opening twenty minutes.

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Mathieu Roy always finds away to score

Sheffield further extended their lead at the halfway point in the game as Mathieu Roy found himself alone in front of the Giants’ goal and his slap shot ripped into the back of the net, assisted by Markus Nilsson.

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers - Elite Ice Hockey League

Giants Adam Keefe(47) battles it out with Zack Fitzgerald  (28)

Giants’ Captain Adam Keefe dropped the gloves with Zack Fitzgerald  after the Steelers’ Defenseman tangled with Colin Shields in the Sheffield zone. Following the fight, the referee gave Keefe a double minor, major and game misconduct to put an end to the game for the Giants’ Captain.

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers - Elite Ice Hockey League

 

The Giants captain wins the battle but sits out the rest of the game after he is penalised. 

The Giants piled the pressure on the Steelers during the final period however they were unable to find a way past Ervins Mustukovs and the away defense.

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers - Elite Ice Hockey League

 

The Moose (33) stops Alex Foster (23) cold

With Stephen Murphy pulled for the extra out skater, Colton Fretter netted for the Steelers to round off the away win. So did the missing Giants’ free shooting, goal scoring Michael Forney from Belfast’s line up give the Steelers the edge?

That, or Coach Thompson’s thought that “Moose” Ervins Mustukovs wanted revenge after losing in overtime to the Giants was the answer to how the Steelers ended with three vital points from the back to back encounters with their old enemy.

The Giants are back in action next weekend with back-to-back away games against the Cardiff Devils and Dundee Stars on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Belfast Giants v Sheffield Steelers - Elite Ice Hockey League

Michael Quesnel (8) Giants Man of the Match

So the final score ended Stena Line Belfast Giants 1-4 Sheffield Steelers with the Giants Man of the Match #8 Michael Quesnele.

Wayne Hardman Sports Reporter

Written by Wayne Hardman

 

 Elite Ice Hockey League Standings 2016/17
After Games of 8/1/17                  
  GP Regulation OT/PS OT/PS Regulation PTS   Current  
    Wins Wins Losses Losses     Streak  
                   
Cardiff

31

18

5

2

6

48

 

1 win

 
Belfast

31

16

4

3

8

43

 

1 loss

 
Sheffield

28

16

2

2

8

38

 

1 win

 
Nottingham

30

14

3

3

10

37

 

1 loss

 
Braehead

32

15

0

2

15

32

 

2 losses

 
Fife

29

14

1

1

13

31

 

2 wins

 
Manchester

29

11

1

3

14

27

 

4 losses

 
Coventry

32

8

4

2

18

26

 

2 wins

 
Dundee

30

8

1

4

17

22

 

1 win

 
Edinburgh

28

7

2

1

18

19

 

1 loss

 

 

 

 Gardiner Conference Standings 2016-2017
After games of 8/1/17              
  GP Regulation OT/PS OT/PS Regulation PTS   Current  
    Wins Wins Losses Losses     Streak  
                   
Braehead

18

14

0

0

4

28

 

8 wins

 
Fife

18

9

0

1

8

19

 

2 wins

 
Manchester

18

7

1

2

8

18

 

2 losses

 
Dundee

17

6

1

1

9

15

 

1 win

 
Edinburgh

17

4

2

0

11

12

 

1 loss

 

 

 

 Erhardt Conference Standings 2016-2017
After games of 8/1/17              
  GP Regulation OT/PS OT/PS Regulation PTS   Current  
    Wins Wins Losses Losses     Streak  
                   
Cardiff

17

9

2

2

4

24

 

1 loss

 
Belfast

19

8

3

2

6

24

 

1 loss

 
Nottingham

18

7

2

3

6

21

 

2 losses

 
Sheffield

18

9

0

2

7

20

 

1 win

 
Coventry

20

2

4

2

12

14

 

2 wins

 

 

 

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The Big test comes this weekend in the doublehitter at home against the Steelers

The Giants battle their way closer to top spot

 Belfast claimed a well-earned two points with a 4-1 win over the Coventry Blaze in SSE Arena on Monday. A brace of goals from David Rutherford plus a pair of empty net goals from Jeff Mason and Chris Higgins gave the Giants the victory. That victory moves the Giants squad closer to the Devils lofty position in first place just four points separates both teams now level on games played.

Stephen Murphy was a busy ma in the Giants goal

Stephen Murphy (31) works hard between the Belfast pipes

With Stephen Murphy starting in the Giants goal for the Giants and Head Coach Derrick Walser the healthy scratch for the Elite League clash.

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 Derrick Walser (43) was behind the bench for this one

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Coventry Blaze

Belfast’s Jim Vandermeer (9) and Garrett Klotz battle it out un the corner

The first period just got underway when Belfast’s Jim Vandermeer and Coventry’s Garrett Klotz dropped the gloves after the Blaze forward has been called for slashing.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Coventry BlazeBrian Stewart jumps to get rebound, Chris Higgins (68) waiting to pounce 

The first period shot count saw the Giants outshooting the Blaze almost two to one, putting 15 shots on the Coventry net compared to the 8 on Stephen Murphy. However Blaze netminder Brian Stewart stood tall for the visitors to keep the game scoreless after the opening 20 minutes.

Despite having the better of the play, the Giants fell behind in the second period when Ashley Tait picked up a rebound in front of the net and slotted home on the powerplay, assisted by Ross Venus and Brett Robinson.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Coventry BlazeDavid Rutherford (91) get Brian Stewart to work hard in the Coventry Goal 

Just forty seconds later David Rutherford tied the score up again at 1-1 as he cut inside and ripped a wrist shot high into the Coventry goal, assisted by Adam Keefe and Alex Foster.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Coventry BlazeAlex Foster (23) and Adam Keefe (47) assist on Rutherfords goal

If one goal was good than two was even better as Rutherford netted on the powerplay, assisted by Chris Higgins and Jim Vandermeer.

Giants Captain Adam Keefe(47) tangles with Coventry's Boris Valabik (48)Belfast Adam Keefe (47) in against against the Coventry Player 

Adam Keefe and Garrett Klotz dropped the gloves at centre-ice after Giants Captain took exception to a hit the Blaze player put on Alex Foster in the Giants zone.

MASON JEFF002Jeff Mason (3) empty netter secure the victory over Coventry 

Very late in the contest Belfast secured the win with two open net goals following Jeff Mason empty net score, assisted by Steve Saviano and Ryan Martinelli as Coventry goalie Brian Stewart was pulled for the extra out skater. Chris Higgins added another empty net goal with less than thirty seconds left to play seconds left on the clock, assisted by Blair Riley and Brandon Benedict.

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Chris Higgins (68) wraps it up with the second empty net goal 

With Rutherford’s game winning second goal of the game proving to be the game-winning goal which made it two wins in-a-row and cut the gap on the first placed Cardiff Devils to four points.

Next up for the Giants are back-to-back home games against the Sheffield Steelers at The SSE Arena on Saturday 7th & 8th of January. Belfast can cool the hot Steelers who keep edging up the league table with more consistency than their early season witnessed.

Four points from these two contests against Sheffield could begin to prove the Giants are a real contender to season. Finally the Giants are getting scoring from all four lines plus are looking like a complete side with two excellent starting goalies keeping the oppositions sharp-shooter at bay

So the Final Score was Stena Line Belfast Giants 4-1 Coventry Blaze wirh the Giants Man of the Match being #47 Adam Keefe.

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Bob Zeller (L) & Wayne Hardman (R) talking Giants  days gone by

Written By Wayne Hardman

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Belfast move closer to first place after a 5-3 victory over Braehead Clan

Belfast move closer to Cardiff (4 points of top) after 5-3 victory over The Braehead Clan

 

The Stena Line Belfast Giants worked hard to beat Braehead Clan 5-3 in Belfast.They closed in on the first placed Cardiff Devils on Friday after goals from Rutherford, Shields, Desmarais and two goals from Foster, saw the home side return to winning ways.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Braehead ClanDavid Rutherford (91) nets for the Giants to get Belfast started 

Belfast now resides in second place, four points behind the League leaders, after both sides playing 28 games. It was Stephen Murphy’s turn to guard the Giants nets with Brandon Benedict, the health scratch for the home side, in this Elite League game.

The Braehead Clan got off to the best possible start, scoring after only twenty seconds, when Daniel Ahsberg deflected Lee Baldwin’s shot high into the Giants net.

David Rutherford (91)

David Rutherford (91) nets for Belfast after a perfect pass from Alex Foster (23)

 Assisted by Alex Foster early in the opening period, the home side were back on level terms as David Rutherford scored. This was following a mix up in the Clan’s defense, that saw the Giants presented with an empty net.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan

Colin Shields (19) get pass from Rutherford  (19) to score for the Giants

Belfast took the lead, just past the midway of the first period when David Rutherford set up Colin Shields with a classy no-look pass from behind the net. However the first period ended level at 2-2 when Craig Peacock scored assisted by Ahsberg and Pitt late in the period.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh CapitalsSteve Saviano (12) on the puck against the Capitals 

When Steve Saviano won the puck back after a face-off in the Clan zone and fed the puck to Desmarais who slotted the puck home for a Giants goal gaving the Giants a lead once again

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan

James Desmarais (79) nets for Belfast against the Clan

Alex Foster then extended the Giants lead to 4-2, assisted by Mark Garside and Colin Shields before Alex Leavitt pulled one back for the visitors to up the tension with a cool finish, assisted by Carlson and Hammond.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals

Alex Foster (23) always finds a way the score 

 Alex Foster scored his second goal of the night, when he was the first to react to the rebound from Jim Vandermeer’s shot, to give the Giants a 5-3 lead, to end the scoring in the game.

 The Giants outshot their opponents 13-8 in the third period, with Stephen Murphy standing tall, in the Giants goal, throughout the final 20 minutes, to keep the Clan at bay and earn a, much, deserved win for the home side.

 

Next up for the Giants is three home games, in-a-row, starting on Monday 2nd January, against the Coventry Blaze, face-off 4pm Before a ‘double header’ in Belfast against the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday 7th (7pm) and Sunday 8th January (4pm).

Alex Foster #1Alex Foster Giants Man Of The Match 

So the Final Score was Stena Line Belfast Giants 5-3 Braehead Clan and the Giants Man of the Match was #23 Alex Foster.

Wayne Hardman Sports Reporter

Written by Wayne Hardman

Photos By  Press Eye

 

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Giants put this one in the loss column

Lost the Battle but are winning the war as the Giants Lose the first Game in eleven played after 1-2 defeat against the Manchester Storm

So the Giants placed one outcome in the lost rather than the win column after their first defeat in eleven games against the Manchester Storm on Wednesday in Belfast.

Two goals 86 seconds apart either side of the second intermission gave the Manchester Storm the regulation win. The Giants remain in second place, six points behind the Cardiff Devils in first place with one game ‘in-hand’ over the Welsh side.

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Jackson Whistle (1) in Goal for the Giants

Jackson Whistle made the start in the Giants net with Adam Keefe the home side’s scratch for this one. The first period was scoreless with the visitors having the best of the chances as Jackson Whistle was called on to keep the Storm at bay.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Manchester Storm

James Desmarais (79) nets the onlyGiants goal of the game

The home side took the lead at with a James Desmarais slap shot ripping into the back of the Manchester net, assisted by Colin Shields and Derrick Walser. However in the dying seconds remaining in the second period, Taylor Dickin equalized for the Storm, assisted by Trevor Johnston.

 Before the first minute of the third period showed on the game clock Cody Cartier scored the go-ahead goal for the visitors, assisted by Matt Bissonnette and Trevor Johnson. That goal proved to be the game winning goal as the Manchester Storm soaked up the Giants pressure for the remainder of the period with the home side unable to find a way past the Storm defense.

 The Giants move on to back-to-back home games – on Friday 30th December against the Braehead Clan, 7pm before taking on the Coventry Blaze on Monday 2nd January at 4pm.

So the Final Score was the Stena Line Belfast Giants 1-2 Manchester Storm and the Giants Man of the Match was #19 Colin Shields

 

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The Clan feel the Giants new rath in a 5-1 loss to Belfast

Belfast Beat Braehead On Boxing Day To Continue Chase On First
The Stena Line Belfast Giants won on Boxing Day in Glasgow with a 5-1 victory over the Braehead Clan. Goals from Shields, Martinelli, Garside, Foster and Saviano gave the Giants the all important win to keep up the chase on first place with Belfast now four points behind Cardiff with one game ‘in-hand’.
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Stephen Murphy (31) started in the Giants net with Adam Keefe the scratch in this Elite League game.
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Colin Shields (19) nets for Belfast
The Giants took the lead after with Colin Shields opening the scoring, assisted by James Desmarais and Steve Saviano. Just as it looked like the visitors would be taking their 1-0 lead into the second period, the home side struck. Scott Aarssen netted on the powerplay, assisted by Alex Leavitt and Matt Beca.
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 Ryan Martinelli  (88) plays both end of the rink 
Ryan Martinelli restored the Giants one goal advantage when he and Steve Saviano combined well after the Defenceman’s penalty had expired.
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Mark Garside (7) nets for Belfast 
The Giants extended their lead once again when Mark Garside fired low into the Clan net, assisted by Matt Towe and Matt Nickerson.Into the third period and Alex Foster gave the Giants a three goal lead with a powerplay goal, deflecting Derrick Walser’s shot into the Clan goal.
Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals
 Alex Foster nets for the Giants
After assisting two goals, Steve Saviano turned from provider to scorer  when his cool finish gave the Giants a 5-1 advantage. Saviano’s goal, assisted by Alex Foster and David Rutherford, completed the scoring in this one to give the Giants an important away win.
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Steve Saviano (12) nets for Belfast 
The Giants will now return to Belfast for three Elite League home games in-a-row. First up is Wednesday 28th December against the Manchester Storm, 7pm, then the Braehead Clan are the visitors on Friday 30th December at 7pm before the Giants take on the Coventry Blaze on Monday 2nd January at 4pm.
So the Final Score was Braehead Clan 1-5 Stena Line Belfast Giants and the Giants Man of the Match
#12 Steve Saviano

 

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Giants Cream Caps 9-6 in a real shoot-out

Giants On Cloud Nine With Emphatic Win Against The Capitals
The Stena Line Belfast Giants put on a dominant display at The SSE Arena in their final game before Christmas with a 9-6 league win over the Edinburgh Capitals. Six second period goals saw the Giants really take control of the game as they completed a second win over the Scottish side in as many nights.
Stephen Murphy (31)nagainst the Clan
Stephen Murphy (31) gets the win in a real shoot-out 
Stephen Murphy was the Giants starting netminder with Jim Vandermeer the home side’s scratch.
Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals
James Desmarais (79) nets against the Caps 
The Giants opened the scoring after some nice work behind the net by James Desmarais and Colin Shields, Desmarais picked up the puck and his wraparound found the back of the Edinburgh net.
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Chris Higgins (68) nets for Belfast
With 61 seconds remaining in the first period, it was 2-0. Chris Higgins picked up the puck in the neutral zone, passed to Michael Forney who fed the puck back to Higgins who rounded Marr in the Capitals goal to double the home side’s lead.
Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals
Blair Riley (25) scores against the Caps 
The second period was dominated by the Giants as the home side outscored the visitors 6-1. The Giants third goal of the night was scored by Blair Riley on the powerplay, assisted by David Rutherford.  Alex Foster made it four assisted by David Rutherford.
Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals
 Alex Foster (23) nets for te Giants over the Caps 
Taylor MacDougall broke the Capitals deadlock with a powerplay goal, assisted by Matt Tipoff and Michal Dobron. However, 23 seconds later and the Giants had restored their four goal advantage thanks to James Desmarais slotting the puck home after Colin Shields shot rebounded off netminder Marr.
Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals
James Desmarias nets for te Giants over the Caps
Steve Saviano made it 6-1 when he was the first to react to a rebound from Michael Forney’s shot. Alex Foster extended the Giants lead once again when he scored his second of the game with low shot on net. Blair Riley completed the second period scoring at 33:21, assisted by Chris Higgins.
Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals
Steve Saviano (12) makes its it 6-1 with this goal 
Andrew Dickson replaced Stephen Murphy in net at the beginning of the third period. The Capitals attempted to claw their way back into the game with three quick goals early in the final period to pull the score back to 8-4. Fyodorov scored twice, at 42:17 and 48:05, with Vorobyev netting at 45:54.
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Andrew Dickson (33) with Jeff Mason (3)
Matt Towe scored the Giants ninth of the game at 50:06 when he cleverly diverted the puck past the Edinburgh netminder, assisted by James Desmarais and Jonathan Boxill.
Challenge Cup - Belfast Giants v Edinburgh Capitals
Matt Towe (74) nets for Belfast 
Jared Stall pulled one back for the Capitals  assisted by Matt Tipoff and Pavel Vorobyev with Michael DOrazio scoring for the fifteenth and final goal of the game.
The Giants will return to action on Boxing Day away against the Braehead Clan before returning to Belfast for home games on Wednesday 28th December against the Manchester Storm and vs Braehead Clan on Friday 30th December.
So the Final Score was Stena Line Belfast Giants 9-6 Edinburgh Capitals and the Giants Man of the Match was
#79 James Desmarais
 
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The are two victories away from a trophy this season

 Belfast gain entry to Challenge Cup Semi-Finals

 The Giants are emerging into the “Come Back Squad” by producing an impressive come from behind over the Manchester Storm to advance to the Challenge Cup Semi-Finals. A final period double from Chris Higgins bought the home side level from a 3-1 deficit with Alex Foster scoring the game-winning goal in overtime. The Giants will now face the Cardiff Devils

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Stephen Murphy (31)

The Giants & Storm were tied at 3-3 following last week’s Quarter Final first leg in Manchester. Stephen Murphy got the start in the Giants net with Ryan Martinelli the scratch for the home side in this Cup Quarter Final game.

Challenge Cup Quarter Final - Belfast Giants v Manchester Storm

Blair Riley (25) had a good game

 The Giants had the better of the opening exchanges, however it was the visitors who took the lead. The Manchester Storm broke away from their zone and it was Connor Varley who applied the finish to open the scoring. Less than two minutes  later and it was 2-0, this time Taylor Dickin netted for the Storm as  they extended their lead to 5-3 in the tie.

Challenge Cup Quarter Final - Belfast Giants v Manchester StormGiants Steve Saviano (12) scores for the Giants 

Steve Saviano brought the home side back to within one of their opponents when he finished well from a James Desmarais pass from behind the net. However just over two minutes later and the Storm had regained their two goal advantage as Cody Cartier scored on the rebound.

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Michael Forney (14) in his usual role

There was a moment of controversy at the end of the first period when the referee handed Michael Forney a 2+2 Roughing Penalty as well as a 5+Game Misconduct Penalty for Fighting.

Challenge Cup Quarter Final - Belfast Giants v Manchester Storm

Matt Towe (74) in a more agressive role

The second period was end-to-end action however both netminders ensured that the scores remain the same after 40 minutes. One moment of note during the middle period was Matt Towe dropping the gloves with Connor Varley with the Giant taking down the Manchester player.

Challenge Cup Quarter Final - Belfast Giants v Manchester StormChris Higgins (68) Scores for the Giants against the Storm 

With only 14 seconds gone of the final period, Chris Higgins netted the Giants second of the night after David Rutherford skated with speed down the wing and dished the puck to Higgins at the back door.

Challenge Cup Quarter Final - Belfast Giants v Manchester Storm

Mark Garside (7) had a solid game

 The Giants Chris Higgins skated with the puck from the Giants zone, stick handled his way past a number of the Storm and finished well past Mike Clemente in the Manchester net to send the game to overtime.

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With the home side piling on the pressure during the overtime, it was a Alex Foster game winning goal with just eight seconds remaining that sent the Giants fans wild in The SSE Arena as the Belfast side secured their place in the semi-finals.

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So the Final Score was Stena Line Belfast Giants (7) 4-3 (6) Manchester Storm and the Giants Man of the Match #23 Alex Foster

Next up for the Giants are back-to-back home games on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December against the Edinburgh Capitals at The SSE Arena. Both games face-off at 7pm .

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T’was the week before Christmas & the Giants are climbing the League’s rankings

‘Twas the week before Christmas

 It looks like the Giants have come out of the sidings and are rolling along the main line. They remain unbeaten now in five consecutive matches after the weekend’s results. If they can continue this run of form they will be considered real contenders but it is a long haul yet to winning any trophies!

Starting with the first leg of the Challenge Cup quarterfinals in Manchester the Giants impressively fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw against the Manchester Storm. The second leg will take place at Belfast’s SSE Arena in less than a week’s time on Tuesday 20th December. Stephen Murphy got the start in the Giants net with Ryan Martinelli still missing from the lineup through injury.

The opening period in Manchester was all about Stephen Murphy. The Giants’ netminder produced a string of stellar saves. Murphy denied the Manchester Storm multiple times and was the main reason the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes.

The deadlock was broken with only 89 seconds gone in the second period as the home side took the lead. Manchester’s Captain Trevor Johnson found himself all alone in front of the Giants’ net, picked up the loose puck and fired home for the first goal of the game.

Little over two minutes later and the scores were level. Blair Riley controlled the puck in the Manchester zone, passed off to Derrick Walser who fed the puck to Jeff Mason for a great finish past Spanswick in the Storm goal.

The home side once again took the lead and their second goal was a mirror image of their first. Mario Valery-Trabucco picked up the puck at close rang,  squeezed the puck past Murphy and give his side a 2-1 advantage.

Further into the middle period the score moved on to 3-1 on a five-on-three powerplay when the Storm’s Cody Cartier’s shot flew wide of the net, rebounded off the backboards and fell fortunately to Matt Bissonnette. He could not miss the gaping goal.

The Giants stepped up their intensity following the Storm’s third goal and reworked their efforts fighting back through James Desmarais who created space for himself in the corner, found Steve Saviano who fired the puck into the Storm goal for the Giants’ second of the night.

It took Belfast until the third period to orchestrate the tying goal almost mid-way through the final period. It came after neat work from Matt Nickerson, who found Chris Higgins’ stick skating in on the Manchester goal. Higgins shot the puck home past Spanswick at 48:31.

There were no more goals in this first leg and the game will go back to Belfast for the second leg on Tuesday 20th December tied at 3-3. So, the final score after the first leg of the quarter final of the Challenge Cup ended 3-3. The Giants’ Man of the Match was awarded to #12 Steve Saviano.

That comeback boosted the Giants’ confidence and enabled them to look at their  home game in Belfast against the Nottingham Panthers as an opportunity to prove their continuity. They started Saturday’s matchup with with Jackson Whistle in net and Ryan Martinelli missing out through injury.

Former Panther Brandon Benedict opened the scoring deflecting Jonathan Boxill’s shot into the roof of the Panthers’ net with just over eight minutes played on the game clock. Veteran defender Jim Vandermeer doubled the home side’s lead thirty seconds later as his neat backhanded finish beat netminder Miika Wiikman, assisted by Blair Riley and Chris Higgins.

Brian McGrattan helped his side get themselves back into this game when he netted Nottingham’s first goal later in the first period, assisted by Lachowicz and Farmer. However the Giants’ Alex Foster restored the Giants’ two-goal advantage, still in the goal spree-opening period finishing off a skillful move, assisted by Steve Saviano and Colin Shields.

Nottingham’s Jeff Brown pulled back yet another for the visitors, scoring late in the first period and assisted by Bettering and Carter. This ensured the Panthers were within one after the opening period. It was Brown, again who got the leveler for Nottingham when he netted early in the second period.

However Derrick Walser fired Belfast ahead once more shortly after the Panthers had leveled assisted by Blair Riley and Michael Quesnele. Dan Spang’s second period score, assisted by Moran and Lachowicz brought the Panthers back to level terms after two periods of play.

In the third period it turned out to be an end-to-end affair with both netminders being kept busy. Blair Riley and Colin Shields combined well midway through for Shields to score the Giants’ fifth of the night and the all-important go-ahead goal.

Blair Riley then turned from provider to scorer when he increased the home side’s advantage to 6-4. The Panthers took a gamble by pulling their netminder for the final few minutes only for Chris Higgins to cut loose from the Giants’ zone and send the puck into the empty net.

The final score was Belfast Giants 7-4 Nottingham Panthers and the Giants’ Man of the Match went to #25 Blair Riley.

Next up was a Sunday trip to the Cathedral City of Coventry. The Giants were victorious 3-0 to close the gap on the league leading Cardiff Devils for the second successive weekend.

Stephen Murphy’s impressive shutout combined with two goals from Chris Higgins and Steve Saviano sees the Giants now eight points behind Cardiff having played two less games.

In Coventry Murphy started in the Giants’ net while Ryan Martinelli sat out Sunday’s game through injury. The opening period was played mostly in the neutral zone as both teams sized each other up. The Giants had the better of the play yet with no clear cut scoring opportunities. The game remained scoreless following the first 20 minutes of play.

The teams stepped up intensity in the second period with plenty of end-to-end action. Both netminders, Murphy and Stewart were the busiest skates on the rink making important saves. The Giants’ goalie was in stellar form.

The deadlock was finally broken with less than four minutes remaining in the middle period. Chris Higgins netted after an impressive move, assisted by Mark Garside and Blair Riley to give the visitors the lead after two periods of play.

The Giants carried their momentum into the third period netting eight minutes into the period. This lifted Belfast’s score line to 2-0 with a classy goal from Steve Saviano carrying the puck into the Blaze zone, faking to shoot before firing low into the net.

The Giants picked up their first powerplay of the night late in the game. After moving the puck well, Chris Higgins was on hand to finish off the rebound from Michael Forney’s shot late in the final period to extend the lead once again.

Higgins’ goal was the final act of the night and, with a 3-0 win the Stena Line Belfast Giants claimed two important league points to close the gap on first place.

The final score was Coventry Blaze 0-3 Belfast Giants and the Giants’ Man of the Match was given to #68 Chris Higgins.

The Giants return to action with three home games in Belfast this week. Tuesday sees the Manchester Storm visit for the Challenge Cup Quarter Final 2nd Leg, with the tie finely poised at 3-3.

The Edinburgh Capitals are the visitors on Thursday and Friday for back-to-back Elite League games again at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

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Are the Giants a real contender?

It looks like the Giants outfit has come out of the siding and are rolling along the main line unbeaten now in five consecutive matches after the weekends results. If they can continue this run of form they will be considered real contenders but it still a long haul to winning any trophies yet!

 

Starting with the first leg of the Challenge Cup quarterfinals in Manchester where they fought back fought back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw against the Manchester Storm. The Second Leg will take place at The SSE Arena, Belfast in less than a week’s time on Tuesday 20th December. Stephen Murphy got the start in the Giants net with Ryan Martinelli still missing from the lineup through injury.

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Stephen Murphy (31) in yhe heat of battle against the Storm

The opening period in Manchester was the story of Stephen Murphy with the Giants netminder producing a string of stellar saves. Murphy denied the Manchester Storm multiple times and was the main reason the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes.

 The deadlock was broken with only 89 seconds gone in the second period as the home side took the lead. Manchester’s Captain Trevor Johnson found himself all alone in front of the Giants net and picked up the loose puck and fired home for the first goal of the game.

blair-riley-25-looking-to-beat-the-stormBlair Riley (25) got the Giants machine rolling 

Little over two minutes later and the scores were level. Blair Riley controlled the puck in the Manchester zone, passed off to Derrick Walser who fed the puck to Jeff Mason for a nice finish past Spanswick in the Storm goal.

Kris Beech (15) watches as Jeff Mason celbrates the score (3)

 Jeff Mason (3) is always ready to score

The home side once again took the lead and their second goal was a mirror image of the Storm’s first. Mario Valery-Trabucco picked up the pick at close range and he squeezed the puck past Murphy to give his side a 2-1 advantage.

 Further into the middle period the score moved on to 3-1 on a five-on-three powerplay when the Storm’s Cody Cartier’s shot flew wide of the net but rebounded off the backboards and fell fortunately to Matt Bissonnette who could not miss the gaping goal.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Nottingham PanthersSteve Saviano (8) loves scoring against any team the Storm or the Panthers 

The Giants stepped up their intensity following the Storm’s third goal and reworked their efforts fighting back through James Desmarais who created space for himself in the corner then found Steve Saviano who fired the puck into the Storm goal for the Giants second of the night.

Giants Chris Higgins (68) against Fife

 Chris Higgins (68) drifted in to score against the Storm to tie the game 3-3

It took the Giants till the third period to orchestrate the tying goal almost mid-way through the final period. The goal came after nice work from Matt Nickerson, finding Chris Higgins skating in on the Manchester goal who shot home past Spanswick at 48:31.

No more goals in this first leg and the game will go back to Belfast for the second leg on Tuesday 20th December tied at 3-3.So the Final Score after the first leg of the quarter final of the Challenge Cup ended 3-3. With the Giants Man of the Match being #12 Steve Saviano.

Stena Line Belfast Giants V Fife Flyers in the Elite Ice Hockey LeagueSteve Saviano (8)  Giants smiling Man of The Match 

That comeback boosted the Giants confidence to enable them to look at the Nottingham Panther at home as game they could prove their continuity. They Giants started Saturday’s matchup with with Jackson Whistle in net and Ryan Martinelli missing out through injury.

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Jackson Whistle (1) with Jim Vandermeer (9) a great back door team

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Brandon Benedict (26) nets against his former squad

Former Panther Brandon Benedict opened the scoring as he deflected Jonathan Boxill’s shot into the roof of the Panthers net with just over eight minutes played on the game clock. Veteran defender Jim Vandermeer doubled the home side’s lead thirty seconds later as his neat backhanded finish beat netminder Miika Wiikman, assisted by Blair Riley and Chris Higgins.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Nottingham Panthers

Jim Vandermeer (9) nets against the Panthers

Brian McGrattan helped his side get themselves back into this game when he netted Nottingham’s first goal later in the first period, assisted by Lachowicz and Farmer.

Elite Ice Hockey League - Belfast Giants v Nottingham Panthers

Alex Foster (23) scores against Nottingham and celebrates with his team mates

However the Giants Alex Foster restored Giants two-goal advantage again in the goal spree-opening period when he finished off a nice move, assisted by Steve Saviano and Colin Shields.

 Nottingham’s Jeff Brown pulled another back for the visitors, scoring late in the first period and assisted by Bettering and Carter, to ensure the Panthers were within one after the opening period. Then it was Brown again who got the leveler for Nottingham when he netted early in the second period.

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Derick Walser (43) finds a way to score against the Panthers

However Derrick Walser fired Belfast ahead once more shortly after the Panther leveled assisted by Blair Riley and Michael Quesnele. Dan Spang’s second period score, assisted by Moran and Lachowicz, brought the Panthers back to level terms after two periods of play.

GIANTS V FIFE MCOOPER4Colin Shields (19) finds the back of the net once again 

In the third period which turned out to be an end-to-end affair with both netminders being kept busy throughout. Blair Riley and Colin Shields combined well midway through for Shields to score the Giants fifth of the night and the all-important go-ahead goal.

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Blair Riley (25) score against Nottingham to secure the Giants victory 

Blair Riley then turned from provider to scorer when he increased the home side’s advantage to 6-4. The Panthers took a gamble by pulling their netminder for the final few minutes only for Chris Higgins to bust from the Giants zone and send the puck into the empty net.

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Chris Higgins (68) breaks free and scores an empty netter

So the final score was Belfast Giants 7-4 Nottingham Panthers and the Giants Man of the Match was  #25 Blair Riley.

Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan - exhibition gameBlair Riley (25) Giants Man Of The Match 

Next up was a trip to the Cathedral City of Coventry were the Giants were victorious 3-0 on Sunday to close the gap on the league leading Cardiff Devils for the second successive weekend.

Stephen Murphy’s impressive shutout combined with two goals from Chris Higgins  & Steve Saviano sees the Giants now eight points behind Cardiff having played two less games. Murphy started in the Giants net while Ryan Martinelli sat out Sunday’s game through injury.

The opening period was played mostly in the neutral zone as both teams sized each other up. The Giants had the better of the play however, with no clear cut scoring opportunities, the game remained scoreless following the first 20 minutes of play.

 

The teams stepped up the intensity in the second period with plenty end-to-end action. Both netminders, Murphy and Stewart, certainly were the busiest skates on the rink making very important saves with the Giants goalie in stellar form.

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Chris Higgins (68) opens the Giants scoring 

The deadlock was finally broken with less than four minutes remaining in the middle period. Chris Higgins netted after a nice move, assisted by Mark Garside and Blair Riley to give the visitors the lead after two periods of play.

Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan - exhibition gameSteve Saviano on the puck netted for the Giants against the Blaze

The Giants carried their momentum into the third period netting eight minutes into the period lifting Belfast score line to 2-0 with a classy goal from Steve Saviano carrying the puck into the Blaze zone, faking to shoot before firing low into the net.

crhis-higgins-68-and-michael-forney-14-vs-coventryChris Higgins (68) finshes off Michael Forney’s rebound to net for the Giants 

The Giants picked up their first powerplay of the night late in the game. After moving the puck well, Chris Higgins was on hand to finish off the rebound from Michael Forney’s shot late in the final period to extend the lead once again.

Higgins goal was the final act of the night and, with a 3-0 win, the Stena Line Belfast claimed the two important league points to close the gap on first place. So the Final Score was Coventry Blaze 0-3 Belfast Giants and the Giants Man of the Match was #68 Chris Higgins

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Giants Man Of The Match Chris Higgins (68)

The Giants return to action with three home games in Belfast this week. Tuesday sees the Manchester Storm visit for the Challenge Cup Quarter Final 2nd Leg, with the tie finely poised at 3-3. The Edinburgh Capitals are the visitors on Thursday and Friday for back-to-back Elite League games at The SSE Arena, Belfast.

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After Games LEAGUE STANDINGS
Played GP REG OT/PS OT/PS REG PTS CURRENT
18/12/16 Wins Wins Losses Losses STREAK
 Cardiff 25 15 4 1 5 39  1 Loss
 Belfast 23 11 3 3 6 31  5 Wins
 Sheffield 20 11 2 1 6 27  1 Loss
 Nottingham 22 9 2 1 10 23  1 Win
 Braehead 24 11 0 0 13 22  1 Win
 Fife 22 9 1 1 11 21  4 Losses
 Manchester 22 8 1 3 10 21  1 Win
 Coventry 23 8 1 2 12 20  1 Loss
 Dundee 23 7 1 4 11 20  1 Win
 Edinburgh 20 6 2 1 11 17  1 Loss
After Games GARDINER CONFERENCE
Played GP REG OT/PS OT/PS REG PTS CURRENT
18/12/16 Wins Wins Losses Losses STREAK
 Braehead 14 10 0 0 4 20  4 Wins
 Manchester 15 6 1 2 6 16  2 Wins
 Dundee 12 5 1 1 5 13  1 Win
 Edinburgh 12 3 2 0 7 10  1 Loss
 Fife 11 4 0 1 6 9  6 Losses
After Games ERHARDT CONFERENCE
Played GP REG OT/PS OT/PS REG PTS CURRENT
18/12/16 Wins Wins Losses Losses STREAK
 Belfast 16 7 2 2 5 20  3 Wins
 Cardiff 14 7 2 1 4 19  1 Loss
 Sheffield 12 6 0 1 5 13  3 Losses
 Nottingham 13 4 2 1 6 13  1 Win
 Coventry 11 2 1 2 6 8  3 Losses

 

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