New boys star in Belfast Giants victory over Braehead Clan

Kevin Saurette
Kevin Saurette

It was the Belfast Giants new boys who carried them to a 3-2 victory at the Braehead Clan on Thursday, something that bodes well for the rest of the season.

Kevin Saurette scored twice for the second game in a row giving him five goals in five starts for his new club while the returning Colin Shields got the other in only his third game since resigning for a third spell with the team.

The victory moved the Giants to within two points of the Elite League leading Nottingham Panthers with a game in hand.

Braehead is a tough rink to win in but the Giants took it to the home team from the first whistle but they found the Clan goalie Mike Will in superb form.

He kept the game scoreless until the 18th minute of the first period when Saurette finally found a way past him going top shelf with his line mates Noah Clarke and Craig Peacock getting the assists.

At 26:03 the same combination worked again with Saurette notching his second of the night.

Three minutes later Clarke and Peacock each recorded their third helpers of the game as Shields scored on the powerplay and at 3-0 everything looked in control.

However, recently the Giants have had trouble holding on to sizable advantages and at 32:29 Ash Goldie finally beat Giants netminder Stephen Murphy to pull a goal back.

Then the ill discipline that coach Doug Christiansen had talked about before the game reared its ugly head as Daymen Rycroft and Robby Sandrock took holding penalties in quick succession allowing the Clan a 5-on-3 powerplay.

They took full advantage with Robert Farmer scoring, twenty-four seconds before the second intermission.

It set up a tense final twenty minutes but with both sides clogging up the neutral zone they shared only fourteen shots with Peacock and Darryl Lloyd having the best chances for the Giants saved by Will.

In the end they held on for an important win and can now look forward to four home games in a row as they attempt to overhaul the Panthers.

That run doesn’t get off to an easy start tomorrow night with a titanic battle against the Sheffield Steelers at the Odyssey Arena.

The third place Steelers are seven points behind the Giants and can’t afford to fall further adrift.