The Stena Line Belfast Giants started well in an important weekend for the Elite League title race – defeating the Coventry Blaze 4-1 in Belfast on Friday.
Goals from Blair Riley, Darcy Murphy, Jordan Smotherman and Kyle Baun plus an impressive display in net by Stephen Murphy gave the hosts an important win.
The Giants keep up their chase on the league leading Cardiff Devils, who lie two points ahead having played one game less. Next up for the Belfast side is a re-match against the Blaze on Saturday night at The SSE Arena, face-off 7pm.
Stephen Murphy backstopped the Giants to Friday’s win against Coventry with the home side missing David Rutherford, Guillaume Gelinas, Tyler Beskorowany and Andrew Dickson.
Belfast Double In Opening Period
The hosts opened the scoring at 14:19 when Captain Blair Riley netted shorthanded with a cool breakaway finish.
Darcy Murphy doubled the Belfast lead at 19:44 with a fine effort, assisted by Kyle Baun and Pat Dwyer.
Coventry Reduce Deficit
The Blaze pulled one back in the middle period through Tim Crowder, assisted by Shawn Pauly, at 26:53.
Giants Complete Friday Win
The Giants sealed the win with two empty net finishes in the final minute of the game as Jordan Smotherman, 59:16, and Kyle Baun, 59:57, made sure of the home win.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 4-1 Coventry Blaze
Giants Player of the Game
#31 Stephen Murphy
Next up for the Giants is the Coventry Blaze again on Saturday night, 7pm at The SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tickets are now available from the Arena Box Office in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074 as well as online from ticketmaster.ie.