Giants stay top of the league

Hull Stingrays 1-4 Belfast Giants
Published Monday, 08 October 2012
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The Belfast Giants came out on top on Sunday after winning their first encounter with the Hull Stingrays to continue to lead the way in the Elite League.

Giants stay top of the league
Belfast Giants celebrate after winning against Hull Stingrays. (© UTV)

Although the Rapid Solicitors Elite League match got off to a slow start when one of the home side smashed a section of plexiglass during the warm-up, but the Stingrays soon opened the scoring.

Hull's Ryan Hand took on Belfast's Adam Keefe in the first of the night's tussles deep in the Hull zone but the wrestling match was all that took place to entertain fans.

By the end of the first stanza the Giants finished stronger, and they maintained their lead into the second period when a low shot from Will Colbert was saved by Hull's Ben Bowns. But Giants player Andrew Fournier seized his opportunity and put the puck in the net when the netminder was still recovering from Colbert's shot.

A second later attempt from Fournier was knocked back and the player's frustration left him sitting out for 10 minutes for Abuse of Official.

Will Colbert for the Giants smashed the puck by Bowns and Daryl Lloyd brought the visiting side further into the lead as he picked up the puck on the left hand boards, skating into the Hull zone, supported by Adam Keefe, only to wrist one himself past Bowns to make it 3-1.

During the final period Hull's Jeff Smith and Greg Stewart tussled before the Stingrays player threw off his gloves, and Stewart received a cut on the head, which took him out of the rest of the game.

The resulting 2 + 5 min penalty to Smith placed Belfast on a 5 on 3 power play, thanks to an existing penalty to Hull captain Kurtis Dulle for holding the stick.

The Giants made the best of this advantage by quickly cycling the puck to Noah Clarke who was given clear sight on goal, making no mistake as he placed the Giants 4-1 ahead with eight and half minutes remaining, effectively ending the competition and awarding the Giants another two road points.

Coach Doug Christiansen said: "We have Lloyd, Keefe and Stewart, guys who aren't afraid to stick their noses in there, while our d were also really in there battling also with Sam Roberts and Will Colbert really working hard.

"We do have things to work on but I'm very pleased with this performance and the 2 points. It's a difficult place to come and get a result."

© UTV News
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