Giant Comeback Buries Devils
It took a 3 goal outburst with 10 minutes to play for the Stena Line Belfast Giants to claw their way past a tough Cardiff Devils squad on Friday Night in front of nearly 5,000 people at the Odyssey Arena.
It only took the Devils 1:33 into the opening period to strike first when Markus Rama scored his 2nd goal of the season to give the Devils the early lead. The Giants battled back on the powerplay with Chris Higgins finding Craig Peacock with the perfect pass for Peacock to hammer home his 20th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
The Giants took their first lead of the night at 16:49 of the first period with Cody Brookwell jumping into the slot and firing a Dustin Whitecotton pass into the back of the net past Kamil Kosowski in goal for the Devils to make it 2-1, which is how the first period ended.
The middle frame saw the Devils tie the game with the only goal with 8 seconds remaining when Rama found the back of the net for the second time on the night and only the third time this season to make it 2-2 going into the final 20 minutes of action.
The Devils came out flying and in a 2 minute burst, they took complete control of the game with goals from Matt Myers at 6:11 then Mac Faulkner at 7:59 to make it 4-2. It looked like former Giants Coach Dave Whistle was going to get the best of his former team until Kevin Phillips started the comeback with his 4th goal of the season at 10:38 narrowing the scoreline to 4-3 for the Devils.
A high-sticking penalty called on the Devils Mac Faulkner opened the door for the Giants to tie the game, which is exactly what happened with Jeffrey Szwez finishing off the play from Dustin Whitecotton and Calvin Elfring to tie the game at 15:53. Then with the Giants pouring on the pressure, Colin Shields fired home the game winning goal with just over 2 minutes left on the clock, finishing off a nifty passing play from linemates Szwez and Whitecotton. With the goal, the comeback was completed and the near 5,000 crowd raised the roof of the Odyssey in appreciation of another impressive win for the Elite League Champions.
Man of the match for the Giants was defenceman Cody Brookwell, but it was the impressive poise shown by the team that saw them never panic and dominate the dying minutes of the game to give the Giants their 16th victory in a row.
BOOM! Game over & the Giants complete the comeback & WIN 5-4 in Belfast!!! Final Score: Giants 5-4 Devils
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) March 7, 2014