Published Friday, 26 October 2012
The Belfast Giants in action against the Sheffield Steelers at the Odyssey Arena (© Michael Cooper Photography)
Former Giants captain Colin Shields scored a hat trick for the Steelers in the first back to back games.
The Steelers were firmly in the driving seat having struck three times in the second period, after a scoreless first period.
Tylor Michel streaked down the right mind and found Jonathan Phillips with a neat pass allowing the Steelers captain time to slide the puck under Stephen Murphy to put the visitors in front.
The Steelers lead was then doubled a few minutes later as Murphy left his net to play the puck and ended up stranded in traffic behind the net which allowed Ashley Tait time to dish the puck to Colin Shields who fired into the vacant net, much to the disapproval of the home fans.
Shields then made it 3-0 with an unchallenged one time snap shot from the slot on a feed from Jonathan Phillips to send the teams to the dressing room with the Giants firmly behind the eight ball.
In the final frame the Giants started brightly and got on the score sheet when man of the match Darry Lloyd fired past DeCaro on the power play to notch what was to be the Giants only tally of the game.
Matt Stephenson and Tom Sestito were both assessed penalties for abuse of an official, with Sestito also picking up a game misconduct for his efforts, which presented the Giants with the powerplay opportunity.
Any momentum that was building was however quickly squashed as Phillips added his second of the game and the Steelers fourth at 51:06 with League and Shields picking up assists on the goal.
With a power play opportunity late in the game the stage was set for Shields to bag his hat-trick and the former Giants delivered tipping a shot from defenceman Drew Fata off a set face-off play in the Giants defensive end.
The teams once again go head to head at the Odyssey on Saturday.