ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Giants suffer double defeat to Sheffield Steelers in Elite League

Action from the Belfast Giants' clash with the Steelers
Action from the Belfast Giants' clash with the Steelers

The Stena Line Belfast Giants were undone by two Tyler Mosienko goals as the Sheffield Steelers earned a 2-1 win at the Sheffield Arena on Sunday.

The Steelers’ victory follows Saturday’s 6-1 success over the Giants and leaves Sheffield with a four-point weekend with the Giants empty-handed.

The Giants began Sunday’s game, just as they did on Saturday, without Johan Ejdepalm, Chris Higgins and Derrick Walser with the latter serving the second of a two-game suspension handed out by the Elite League’s Department of Player Safety (DOPS) during the week.

The visitors showed no signs of being short benched early on with Mike Wilson hammering home a fine one-timer at 4:59 after Kris Beech dished him the puck as the Giants took advantage of an early powerplay.

The second period saw the home side turn things around after coming up against a much improved Giants side in the opening 20 minutes.

Mosienko got the Steelers on the scoresheet at 30:13, his eighth of the season, and followed it up with a second soon after when he somehow got his stick on the puck and fired it past Stephen Murphy at 37:13. 2-1 after two periods.

Try as they might, the Stena Line Belfast Giants could not find a way past Tyler Plante during the third period, getting 11 shots on the Steelers netminder.

With the Giants running into penalty trouble combined with the short bench, the second game in as many nights was always going to be a tough ask and the game ended 2-1 to the Steelers.

The Giants return to action on Saturday, October 10 when they clash with the Coventry Blaze at The SSE Arena, Belfast – face-off 7pm, before making the return trip to Coventry the following day.