COVENTRY BLAZE 1 BELFAST GIANTS 2
A dominant Stena Line Belfast Giants performance in Coventry helped claim a 2-0 win over the Blaze in the Elite League. Coventry netminder Brian Stewart faced plenty of action with the Giants outshooting Coventry in a fine performance on the road.
The win sees the Giants complete a four point weekend following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Braehead Belfast and is the Giants seventh win in-a-row in all competitions.
The Giants dominated the opening 20 minutes, outshooting their hosts 20-8 and made the breakthrough early on as Kris Beech scored with a nice backhanded finish at 4:31 after Brian Stewart Gave up a rebound on James Desmarais’ initial effort.
Although the visitors were unable to take further advantage of their first period dominance - the Giants penalty killing unit was in fine form, keeping the score at 1-0 going into the first intermission.
The second period went much like the first and this time it was Mike Radja who got on the scoresheet at 32:21. With Kevin Noble sitting in the penalty box for Roughing, Radja was quickest to react as a Colin Shields shot rebounded off the backboards.
The third and final period was only a few minutes old when Boris Valabik clashed with Kris Beech which led to a scrum in the Blaze zone and saw Derrick Walser being ejected from the game.
The Blaze opened their scoring at 50:40 through a Josh Godfrey powerplay goal.
However it was too little too late for the hosts with the Giants taking the win.