In video: Giants turn heat up on Blaze

Published Monday, 27 February 2012
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Belfast Giants netminder Stephen Murphy made it a perfect weekend for his side, helping them secure back-to-back away game shut-outs against first the Hull Stingrays and then the Coventry Blaze.

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Over the two games, Murphy faced and successfully stopped a total of 52 shots on target to make his sixth shut-out of the season, while the strong defensive corps also played their part.

But the Giants weren't just concerned with stopping their opponents getting on the score sheet - they were also busy racking up 13 goals across the two fixtures.

After their 8-0 win over Hull, they wasted no time declaring their intentions against Coventry and took just under four minutes to open their account.

Craig Peacock was the powerplay goal scorer, firing the puck past Coventry's netminder Peter Hirsch, with Giants Tom Dignard and Robert Dowd picking up assists.

Although that was to be the only goal of the first period, the Giants out-shot the Blaze 15 to 5.

The visitors again dominated in the second period, with another powerplay goal - this time from Giants captain Jeremy Rebek, with assists from Mike Hoffman and Aaron Clarke.

Just over a minute later, Robert Dowd fire home to make it 3-0 to the Giants.

The third period saw Murphy making a couple of big saves, before Dowd and Peacock each added a second goal to their tallies and ensured the comfortable 5-0 win for their side.

For Dowd - the Giants' current lead scorer with 30 goals to his name - the performances resulted in back-to-back man of the match accolades.

The Belfast side also retain their league top spot and extend their unbeaten run to ten games, as they head into next weekend's games away to the Sheffield Steelers and then facing the Braehead Clan back at the Odyssey.

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