Seven Heaven For Belfast Giants In Edinburgh

The Stena Line Belfast Giants skated away with the points on offer following a win in Edinburgh to move 17 points clear at the top of the Elite League. The Giants put on a first period masterclass to lead 6-1 after 20 minutes and never looked back which completed a maximum point weekend after Saturday’s night’s 3-1 win in Sheffield.

Despite an impressive 3-1 win against the Steelers in Sheffield on Saturday, the Giants came flying out of the blocks in Edinburgh against a team who defeated the Giants 5-3 on their previous visit to the Scottish capital. The visitors were rewarded for their early pressure with a 4th minute goal thanks to Colin Shields, scoring his 13th of the season. And Shields would not have to wait long to get back on the scoreboard, finishing well at 8:42 past Capitals netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky. Within 3 minutes, the Giants had extended their lead twice more, firstly from Defenceman Jeff Mason at 10:43 after good work from Adam Keefe and Darryl Lloyd and then thanks to Dustin Whitecotton who, after assisting goals #1 & #2, turned goalscorer at 11:23. Edinburgh finally opened their scoring with Curtis Leinweber shooting home his 16th goal of the season at 12:53 while on the powerplay.

Despite the home side’s first goal of the game, Belfast were relentless and Colin Shields fired in a first period hat-trick at 13:21, tipping a Calvin Elfring effort past the Capitals netminder to give the visitors a 5-1 lead. The Giants rounded off the first period scoring with Dustin Whitecotton’s second goal of the game, finishing off a nice move by Jeffrey Szwez at 18:41. The Capitals put on a much improved performance in the second period and clawed another goal back through Jade Portwood at 28:38, assisted by Steel and Zembergs.

Dustin Whitecotton grabbed the very next goal of the game and the final one with 45:08 gone, his hat-trick effort assisted by Jeffrey Szwez and Colin Shields – the line’s sixth goal of the game.

Final Score:
Edinburgh Capitals 2-7 Stena Line Belfast Giants

The Giants next home game is the Challenge Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg against the Cardiff Devils on Tuesday 28th January at the Odyssey Arena, face-off 7pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the Odyssey Arena Box Office in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074 or fans can buy and print their tickets online at Ticketmaster. For information on group discounts and a night out in a luxurious corporate suite for you and your family, friends or work colleagues at the Odyssey Arena, email mark@belfastgiants.com.

Game Over & the Stena Line Belfast Giants win 7-2 in Edinburgh to complete a maximum 4 point weekend and move 17 points clear in 1st place!

— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) January 19, 2014

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