Giants Fall Short Despite Dominating Performance In Cardiff
The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell 3-2 to the Cardiff Devils on Sunday night in Wales despite dominating the home side throughout, outshooting the Devils 30-22. The loss does not affect the Giants standing in the Conference, with the Belfast side 4 points behind the Nottingham Panthers – in the race for Playoff seedings heats up.
The Giants began the game without Stephen Murphy, Mark McCutcheon and Kevin Saurette with Calvin Elfring returning to the line-up after missing Fridayâ€™s home win vs Hull through injury.
The game got off to a flyer, and it was the home side who took the early advantage – scoring after only 103 seconds, with Matthew Myers firing the puck past Carsen Chubak in the Giants goal, assisted by Tyson Marsh.
Then, with Markku Tahtinen sitting in the penalty box for Holding, Colin Shields ripped a slapshot on net and despite a nice save from Bowns, Evan Cheverie followed up with the rebound and slotted the puck in at 11:55 for his 13th goal of the season. The game only remained tied for a few minutes before Joey Haddad completed the first period scoring with a powerplay goal at 16:50 to push the Devils back into he lead, 2-1.
Joey Martin extended Cardiffâ€™s lead at 37:27, assisted by Hudson and Marsh – however Ray Sawada pulled one back for the Giants at 38:10, his 20th goal of the season, leaving the score at 3-2 in favour of the home side after 40 minutes.
The Giants threw everything at the Cardiff Devils in the third and final period, but were unable to find a way through to tie up the game despite dominating the full 20 minutes including outshooting the home side by 14-5.
The Giants return to action next weekend, with a game in Sheffield against the Steelers on Saturday evening – before returning to Belfast for two mouth-watering clashes against the Nottingham Panthers on Saturday 14th March, face=off 7pm and Sunday 15th March, face-off 4pm.
Photo: Helen Brabon