Late Ganzak Goal Gives Giants Coventry Win
A late goal from Mitch Ganzak earned the Stena Line Belfast Giants a 2-1 win in Coventry. Ganzak’s goal, which came at 57:18, followed Jim Vandermeer’s first period equaliser for the Giants after the Blaze took an early lead through Jordan Piteous.
The puck dropped in Coventry with the Giants missing Matt Nickerson, Johan Ejdepalm and David Rutherford.
Jordan Pietrus made it 1-0 to the hosts after only 1:51 as he notched up his 19th goal of the season for the Blaze. Jim Vandermeer, the Giants newest signing, scored his first goal for the organisation at 15:11, assisted by Kris Beech, to leave the two sides tied up at 1-1 going into the first intermission.
The Giants dominated the second period of play, outshooting their hosts 10-5, however could not find a way past Brian Stewart in the Coventry net.
Into the third and final period and again, the Giants controlled large portions of the play, however with 64 total penalty minutes, the game was unable to flow. However with less than three minutes remaining the Giants pressure told as Mitch Ganzak firstly turned the puck over in the Giants zone from a Blaze attack and then combined well with Kris Beech to slot the puck into the Blaze net to send a large travelling support wild.
Ganzak’s goal, his eighth of the season and second in as many nights, sealed the win as the Giants followed up Friday’s home win with a fine away victory against the Coventry Blaze.
Next up for the Giants is Tuesday’s Challenge Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg against the Cardiff Devils at The SSE Arena, Belfast. The Devils lead 5-3 from the 1st Leg and the Giants need YOUR support for the big game as the team attempt to advance to the Final – with tickets on sale NOW, Â£10-Adults & Â£5-Child/Concession.
Coventry Blaze 1-2 Stena Line Belfast Giants
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#15 Kris Beech
Photo: Scott Wiggins