The Stena Line Belfast Giants won their first game after Christmas with an emphatic 5-1 result over the Glasgow Clan.
A Rickard Palmberg hat-trick and an impressive display in net from Stephen Murphy with 27 saves helped the Giants to the Friday home win.
The Giants now sit in third place with 34 points from 27 games, four points behind the Sheffield Steelers in first place with 38 points from 29 games.
Belfast Edge Ahead
The Giants opened the scoring in Friday’s Elite League clash when Rickard Palmberg rounded Patrick Killeen in the Glasgow goal and cooly slotted home at 16:47, assisted by Jordan Smotherman.
Giants Take Control
Belfast doubled their lead at 28:22 when Elgin Pearce was on hand to finish off the move he started, assisted by Rickard Palmberg and Curtis Hamilton.
Little over two minutes later and it was 3-0. Palmberg was involved again when he snapped home a wrister at 30:39 on the powerplay and assisted by Ryan Lowney and Curtis Hamilton.
Brian Ward added a fourth for the hosts at 36:54 after nice work by Liam Reddox who took a shot on net and Ward cleverly redirected the puck home.
Belfast Close Out Win
The Giants extended their advantage once again early in the final period when Rickard Palmberg completed his hatrick with a fine solo goal at 41:47, assisted by Liam Morgan.
Glasgow got on the board at 54:50 when Mathieu Roy finished well past Murphy, assisted by Matt Haywood and Travis Ehrhardt.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 5-1 Glasgow Clan
Player of the Game
#91 Rickard Palmberg (3 Goals + 1 Assist)
The Giants return to action on Saturday with a trip to the Glasgow Clan, face-off 7pm. Next at home is against the Dundee Stars on Monday 30th December, face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena. Tickets are available online now at ticketmaster.ie.