GIANTS HAND FLAMES 4-1 DEFEAT

Photo of action during Belfast Giants visit to Spectrum Sunday night.  Photo courtesy John Uwins.
Photo of action during Belfast Giants visit to Spectrum Sunday night.  Photo courtesy John Uwins.

A pair of unanswered 2nd period goals by Belfast Giants then an extender and an empty net goal inside the final 70 seconds was more than enough to overcome an early Flames lead while handing the home side a 4-1 defeat. 

Flames opened the scoring at 13:53 with a Levi Cable strike and they hung on to the lead through 20 minutes. 

While on a powerplay, at 25:34, Giants levelled thank to Jordan Boucher and with 3:46 remaining, Giants took a lead they would not hand back through a Scott Conway marker.

In the 3rd, after several good chances to even the count for Spectrum’s men, Giants ensured the result with a 3rd by Mark Cooper at 58:51 and Sam Ruopp’s empty netter 19 seconds out. 

“We had a good 1st period and had some good opportunities not only with the goal, but maybe a couple more to have had a slightly bigger lead,” said Paul Dixon.

“Unfortunately, in the 2nd period, we simply spent far too much time without the puck and far too much time in our own end so it was inevitable that it they were going to score based on the territorial advantage they were holding. In the end, that stretch was really the difference in the game.”

“We pushed back a bit on the 3rd, which was good to see, and had several really good looks to get even, but just couldn’t get one to go before they added more while were pushing in desperation mode.”

“We get a full week of training in for the first time in a while, so it’s a good chance for us to re-set and get ready for a challenging set of games on the road before we play at home again in mid February.” 

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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