Giants dump Flames at Spectrum
Belfast Giants scored in every period and had a lead for most of the night during a 5-2 win over the Flames in Surrey.
Just over 2 minutes into the contest Curtis Hamilton blasted a 2 on 1 feed for a Giants lead. Flames replied when Jamie Crooks tapped in a goal mouth pass on a powerplay in the 7th minute, but Giants went to break up one thanks to a mid-period David Goodwin strike.
Braylon Shmyr’s first goal in a Flames uniform at 29:56 levelled the score again, but like the first, Giants answered a few minutes later, this time through Bobby Farnham, and closed out 40 minutes with the single goal edge.
The visitors extended their advantage at 42:52 through Ciaran Long. Nearly 6 minutes of Flames powerplays just inside the back half of the 3rd were Spectrum’s men’s best chance to get back into the game, but some great chances went unconverted before simultaneous Flames minors suddenly had them down 4 men to 3 then 3 on 5 for 2 of the game’s final 4 minutes. Flames killed off that stretch but with Surrey’s side playing with an empty net behind them in favour of an extra skater, Giants added their 5th through Kevin Raine to seal the evening.
“That wasn’t the result we wanted to close out the weekend after a great night at Panthers Saturday,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We can’t fault the desire and effort tonight. We had lots of good scoring opportunities and made some things happen through good parts of the games, but really it just came down to an excellent goaltending performance by Giants.”
“We can only re-group here this week and come back at it fresh again for Saturday’s visit to Manchester before table topping Sheffield Steelers come to us on Sunday.”
Photo of Flames forward Ian Watters in front of Giants netminder Shane Owen during Sunday’s game. Photo courtesy John Uwins.