ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Giants see off Coventry Blaze

Mike Radja attacks in the Giants Challenge Cup clash against the Braehead Clan.
Mike Radja attacks in the Giants Challenge Cup clash against the Braehead Clan.

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.