Published Monday, 11 March 2013
Craig Peacock netted the first of the Belfast Giants' two goals. (© Michael Cooper)
A weekend defeat at the hands of the Edinburgh Capitals has made it tough for the Belfast side to catch current table-toppers the Nottingham Panthers.
The Giants went a goal down in Edinburgh not even two minutes into Sunday evening's game and, by the third period, they were trailing 3-0.
Brent Patry, Rene Jarolin and Marcis Zembergs all racked up goals for the hosts.
But the third period saw something of a revival from the Giants - goals from Craig Peacock and Andrew Fournier, within less than a minute of each other, narrowed the gap to just one goal.
But despite 16 shots on target in the third period, compared to Edinburgh's seven, it wasn't enough for the Belfast Giants.
They'll now have to regroup this week before back-to-back clashes with the Panthers themselves, taking on the team to beat on Friday and Saturday at the Odyssey Arena.
Face-off in Friday's game is at 7.30pm, while Saturday's fixture gets underway at 7pm.