Giants Two Good For Coventry Blaze With Dominant Road Win

The Stena Line Belfast Giants celebrate Radja’s goal. photo: Scott Wiggins
The Stena Line Belfast Giants celebrate Radja’s goal. photo: Scott Wiggins
The Stena Line Belfast Giants celebrate Radja’s goal. photo: Scott Wiggins

A dominant Stena Line Belfast Giants performance in Coventry helped claim a 2-0 win over the Blaze in the Elite League. Coventry netminder Brian Stewart faced plenty of action with the Giants outshooting Coventry in a fine performance on the road.

The win sees the Giants complete a four point weekend following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Braehead Belfast and is the Giants seventh win in-a-row in all competitions.

The Giants dominated the opening 20 minutes, outshooting their hosts 20-8 and made the breakthrough early on as Kris Beech scored with a nice backhanded finish at 4:31 after Brian Stewart Gave up a rebound on James Desmarais’ initial effort.
Although the visitors were unable to take further advantage of their first period dominance – the Giants penalty killing unit was in fine form, keeping the score at 1-0 going into the first intermission.

Goal! Mike Radja scores the Giants second and game winning goal on Sunday against the Coventry Blaze. (Scott Wiggins)
Goal! Mike Radja scores the Giants second and game winning goal on Sunday against the Coventry Blaze. (Scott Wiggins)

The second period went much like the first and this time it was Mike Radja who got on the scoresheet at 32:21. With Kevin Noble sitting in the penalty box for Roughing, Radja was quickest to react as a Colin Shields shot rebounded off the backboards. 2-0.

The third and final period was only a few minutes old when Boris Valabik clashed with Kris Beech which led to a scrum in the Blaze zone and saw Derrick Walser being ejected from the game.
The Blaze opened their scoring at 50:40 through a Josh Godfrey powerplay goal – however it was too little too late for the hosts with the Giants taking the win.
Mike Forney in action. photo Scott Wiggins
Mike Forney in action. photo Scott Wiggins

Final Score:
Coventry Blaze 1-2 Stena Line Belfast Giants

Giants Man of the Match:
Mike Radja

 

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