Giants Comeback In Coventry To Beat Blaze
The Stena Line Belfast Giants completed a successful weekend with a 7-4 away win against the Coventry Blaze following Saturday’s 4-2 win in Belfast over the Sheffield Steelers. The result brings the Giants level on points with the Dundee Stars, with three games in hand, at the top of the Elite League standings. The win against the Blaze was hard earned, with the Giants coming back from 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 down to claim the two points.
The Coventry Blaze began the first period at a fast pace and took advantage of the Giants early in the game, scoring twice without reply through Kevin Harvey (1:06) and Adam Henrich (3:23). Then, with six minutes gone, Evan Cheverie and Robby Sandrock combined well to assist Craig Peacock to score his team’s first goal of the evening and his second goal in as many games following his arrival in Belfast on Thursday.
With the Giants growing into the game, they were dealt a blow when Kevin Harvey posted his second goal of the game, firing past Stephen Murphy and into the Giants net to give his team a 3-1 lead with 11:35 gone in the second period. Once again, Belfast dragged themselves back into the game, this time Cody Brookwell got his team to within one goal of the Blaze, his goal coming only 16 seconds after Harvey’s second goal. Soon after the Giants were level, Jeffrey Szwez scoring his sixth goal of the season, unassisted.
With the scores level going into the final period, it was all to play for and Coventry seized the opportunity, Ross Venus giving the Blaze a 4-3 lead with 44:41 on the clock. Yet again the Giants showed character to get themselves level and their fourth goal came from a great Robby Sandrock effort who skated around the net to fire the puck high and past Zacharias in the Coventry net.
From then on the Stena Line Belfast Giants controlled the tempo of the game and at 49:35 they led for the first time in the game with Kevin Saurette and Craig Peacock combining well on the powerplay to find Jeff Mason who dived and poked home. The Giants extended their lead to 6-4 thanks to Kevin Saurette at 58:17 who shot home from close range after an assist by Craig Peacock. Finally, it was Jeffrey Szwez who completed the Giants scoring at 59:37 with an empty-net goal after the Coventy Blaze had pulled Mike Zacharias in favour of an extra attacker.
Coventry Blaze 4-7 Stena Line Belfast Giants
The Belfast Giants next home game is Friday 25th October against the Nottingham Panthers. TicketsÂ are available from the Odyssey Arena Box Office in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074 and online fromÂ www.ticketmaster.ie.
Photo:Â Diane Davey/ddimaging.co.uk
Final Score in Coventry: Coventry Blaze 4-7 Belfast Giants Giants 7th Goal scored by Jeffrey Szwez to complete two wins in two nights!
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