The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to a defeat after penalty shots in Fife on Sunday evening. In an end-to-end game, the Flyers gained revenge for Saturday night’s defeat in Belfast with a 5-4 win, thanks in part to a fine shootout performance by their netminder Kevin Regan. Despite the loss, the Giants pickup one point and move to four points behind the league leading Braehead Clan following their 6-3 loss to Nottingham on Sunday.
The home side came flying our of the blocks in this Elite League clash, determined to avenge the previous night’s 5-2 defeat in Belfast. Indeed, it only took the Flyers3:42 to open the scoring, with Bobby Chaumont firing low past Carsen Chubak, assisted by Jordan Fulton and Scott Fleming. Steve Thornton took the unusual precedent of calling a timeout with only 4:22 gone – reinforcing his message to his players who had just fallen behind in the game. However, less than one minute later, the timeout paid off, with Mark McCutcheon tipping home a Kevin Phillips shot past Kevin Regan in the Flyers net, to tie things up in Fife.
The Giants got the go ahead goal early in the second period – Colin Shields scoring his 16th goal of the season with only 59 seconds on the clock, assisted by Craig Peacock and Ray Sawada. However, the Flyers equalised soon after, Kyle Haines scoring on the powerplay following a Giants penalty for Too Many Men, served by Mark McCutcheon, after a call by Referee Neil Wilson.
Then with 32:02 gone, the Fife Flyers capitalised on another man advantage, this time it was Mike Kompon serving a Hooking penalty when Jamie Milan ripped a one-timer from the blueline to regain the lead for his side. In this frantic second period, the game was end-to-end and little over two minutes later, the Giants were level. Following nice work by Kompon, he dished the puck to Darryl Lloyd who buried the puck in the net for his 16th goal of the season at 34:23. The defending Elite League champions were not done yet, and with only 35 seconds remaining in the period, Captain Adam Keefe gave his side a deserved lead, 4-3, with a fine finish at the back post, assisted by Robby Sandrock and Cody Brookwell.
The Flyers started the third period just like the Giants did in the second, scoring their equalising goal with only 64 seconds on the clock thanks to Ned Lukacevic. Despite outshooting their opponents in the final period 10-6, the Giants could not find a way past Kevin Regan in the Flyers goal and this cross-conference clash was to be settled outside of 60 minutes of play. Following a scoreless overtime period, during which both sides had chances to win the game, it was left to Fife’s Ned Lukacevic to score in the second round of the shootout after which Regan saved from Craig Peacock to secure the win and the extra point for the home side.
Fife Flyers 5-4 Stena Line Belfast Giants (After Penalty Shots)
Stena Line Belfast Giants Man of the Match: #72 Darryl Lloyd
Fife Flyers Man of the Match: #8 Ned Lukacevic
Nottingham Panthers 6-3 Braehead Clan
Coventry Blaze 2-1 Dundee Stars
Cardiff Devils 0-6 Sheffield Steelers
Edinburgh Capitals 4-3 Hull Stingrays
Fife Flyers 5-4 Belfast Giants
Game Over – the Fife Flyers win 5-4. Kevin Regan makes a nice glove save from Craig Peacock to end the shootout. Giants pick up one point.