The Belfast Giants ticked off two more wins over the weekend beating the Coventry Blaze 5-1 at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday and following it up with a 4-2 victory at the Dundee Stars last night.
While Nottingham and Sheffield both lost again it’s the Braehead Clan who are immerging as perhaps the team that might challenge the Giants at the top of the Elite League.
The gap between the two sides is seven-points but they’ll meet up in a Christmas doubleheader this week with the first match-up at the Odyssey on Friday and the return in Glasgow twenty-four hours later.
Should the Giants win both games they’d be in control of the title race heading into the second half of the season.
The game against the Blaze was a physical affair and the result was in doubt until the third period when the Giants broke it open with three goals.
The Giants opened the scoring with a strike from Chris Higgins but Blaze soon levelled however Jeffery Szwez, who was later controversially thrown out of game for being the third man in a fight between Calvin Elfring and Kevin Harvey, restored the lead.
Despite being without their leading scorer goals from Robby Sandrock and two from Darryl Lloyd sealed an important win.
The Giants took their red-hot powerplay to Dundee last night and scored three times.
Dustin Whitecotton’s goal gave them the first period lead and despite going 2-1 down after a double from Billy Bagron the Giants came back with strikes from Szwez and Elfring to lead 3-2 with twenty minutes to go. Chris Higgins 9th goal of the season sealed another win.