ICE HOCKEY: Giants have double trouble at SSE Arena

Tempers flare in the Giants clash with Fife on Saturday night
Tempers flare in the Giants clash with Fife on Saturday night

The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to the Fife Flyers 5-2 on Saturday night in Belfast.

Peter LeBlanc netted the game winning goal midway through the second period and gave the visitors an important away win.

Saturday’s win for the Flyers sees the Scottish side move onto 66 points and are now joint third in the Elite League standings along with the Giants.

It was the hosts who would strike first in Saturday’s encounter when Spiro Goulakos picked out Sebastien Sylvestre who fired past Jordan Marr in the Flyers net at 11:43.

Charlie Mosey equalised for the visitors at 14:52, assisted by Dan Correale, before Shayne Stockton snatched a Flyers go-ahead goal, assisted by Danick Gauthier and Jim Jorgensen at 17:10.

Peter LeBlanc’s cool finish, assisted by Jim Jorgensen, at 30:38 gave the Flyers a two goal cushion.

Blair Riley’s slapshot, assisted by Kevin Raine and Colin Shields, brought the Giants to within one of the Flyers at 34:06.

Charlie Mosey made it 4-2 at 50:32 when he scored unassisted on a breakaway to give the Flyers a shorthanded goal and restore their two goal cushion.

Russ Moyer rounded off the Flyers win with an empty net finish at 59:59.

The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to the Cardiff Devils 3-2 on Friday night in Belfast.

Andrew Hotham’s powerplay strike with 20 seconds to go gave the Devils the vital win that saw them claim their second Elite League title in-a-row.

Friday’s clash was an enthralling encounter with both sides playing a free flowing game with one moment of magic likely to prove to be the difference between the sides and Hotham’s goal proved to be just that.

Chris Truehl started in net for the Giants and picked up the Man of the Match award, saving 23 shots in a good evening.

The Giants return to action again on Wednesday against the Milton Keynes Lightning, face-off 7pm.

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