ICE HOCKEY: Braehead Clan shock Belfast Giants

Goalmouth action from the Giants vs Braehead Clan Elite League clash on Tuesday
Goalmouth action from the Giants vs Braehead Clan Elite League clash on Tuesday

Braehead Clan surprisingly ended Belfast Giants’ four-match winning run with a 4-1 away victory on Tuesday night at SSE Arena, Belfast.

James Desmarais followed a goalless first period by giving Belfast the lead, but two strikes from Stefan Meyer and another from Ben Davies put Braehead in control.

Captain Matt Keith, one day after becoming a father for the first time, scored with seven minutes remaining to secure victory and avenge Braehead’s 4-3 overtime defeat by Belfast on Sunday evening.

Belfast remain fourth in the table, six points behind first-placed Cardiff with three games in hand.

Belfast have an immediate opportunity to get back to winning ways in Wednesday’s home game against Dundee.

Coventry Blaze won 5-3 against second-placed Nottingham Panthers.

Chris Lawrence gave the visitors the lead in the seventh minute but Blaze hit back through Mike Quesnele, Jordan Pietrus and Drew Fisher to lead 3-1 at the end of the first period.

Juraj Kolnik pulled one back for the Panthers in the third, before Brett Robinson made it 4-2.

David Clarke replied again for the visitors but Fisher secured victory by scoring in an empty net in the 59th minute.