Giants Win Shootout To Complete Four Point Weekend
The Stena Line Belfast Giants put in a resilient performance against the Blaze to win on penalty shots and take four vital points from a possible four on offer in Coventry over two games. Sunday’s win extends the Giants lead at the top of the Elite League to six points over the second placed Dundee Stars.
In truth the Giants dominated the game, outshooting the hosts 46 to 27, only to find Blaze netminder Mike Zacharias in fine form once again. Following on from Saturday’s tight yet entertaining battle between these two sides, this game proved to be a similar match up that ended with the same scoreline.
The Giants came flying out of the starting blocks and at 1:14, former Blaze player Evan Cheverie shot the visitors into the lead after Zacharias had saved well from Chris Higgins. Cheverie, who spent the 2005/06 season in Coventry, is one goal away from 100 total Elite League goals across his four seasons spent in the league.
Cheverie’s goal gave the Giants the lead at the end of the first period but the tables soon turned and, for the first time this weekend, the Belfast side were to find themselves behind in Coventry. The Blaze’s first goal of the game came from Kevin Harvey with four minutes of the second period remaining assisted by Michael Henrich. And it was Henrich who would drag his side into the lead at 42:53, firing into the net after a neat pass from behind the net from bis brother Adam.
However the Giants were not to be beaten and at 54:28 they found a way back into the game with Chris Higgins firing low and past Zacharias and into the Blaze net following a nice pass from Mark Garside to send the game into overtime. The 5 minutes of 4-on-4 overtime could not separate the sides and it was left up to Craig Peacock to score a ‘sudden death’ penalty shot and Stephen Murphy to save the following Blaze effort to complete a fantastic weekend for the Belfast Giants.
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) November 24, 2013
Photo: Scott Wiggins