Giants Book Place In 2014 Playoff Final
The Stena Line Belfast Giants are the first team confirmed for Sunday’s Elite League Playoff Final at the Notional Ice Centre in Nottingham.
With the majority of the scoring chances, the Giants outshot the in form Fife Flyers by 34 shots to 24, but it was a single marker from Giants top scorer and man of the match Kevin Saurette in the 48th minute that separated the sides.
Saurette fired in a quick shot from the right circle that surprised Kevin Regan in the Flyers goal at 47.42 and in the end it was enough to see Giants through despite Flyers piling on the pressure at the death.
Both teams relied heavily on their netminders with Stephen Murphy and Kevin Regan displaying heroics between the pipes with the Giants net minder recording his 4th shutout of the season.
A roughing penalty on Chris Higgins saw Flyers Derek Roehl fan on a shot in front and then at the other end Jeffrey Szwez was denied by a brilliant Regan save. Somehow Flyers survived a mad scramble right in front of their own goal and play became increasingly chippy as time ran down with Giants on the powerplay following a clipping call on Roehl.
The underdog Flyers played hard for the games duration and created a number of scoring chances with their net minder pulled for the extra attacker and only seconds remaining on the clock.
The Giants now await the winner of the second semi-final between the Sheffield Steelers and Braehead Clan.