The Stena Line Belfast Giants got back to winning ways with a 7-2 win over the Edinburgh Capitals in the Belfast sides’ first outing at home in eleven games.
Five goals in the final period gave the Giants a deserved win at The SSE Arena over a stubborn Capitals side.
Friday’s game saw the Giants without Brandon Benedict, Stephen Murphy, Dustin Johner and Mark Garside. The Giants remain in second place with 39 points from 29 games – now four points behind the Cardiff Devils with 43 points from 28 games.
Giants At The Double In Opening Period
The Giants opened the scoring thanks to a powerplay strike from Brendan Connolly, assisted by Spiro Goulakos and Cole Jarrett at 9:30.
Sebastien Sylvestre doubled the Giants lead at 16:34, assisted by Colin Shields, when he turned and ripped the puck into the Capitals net.
Second Period Fight Back From Capitals
The visitors got their middle period off to the best possible start when Ainars Podzins, assisted by Tyler Plews and Dylan Anderson, scored on the powerplay at 22:25.
The Capitals netted again in the second period at 8:43 as Sergei Banashkov grabbed the equaliser.
Belfast Take Control In Final Period
The Giants took things up a gear in the final 20 minutes, with Darcy Murphy getting the scoring undnerway. Murphy’s goal at 49:53 was a nice wraparound finish past the Capitals netminder.
Jim Vandermeer made it 4-2 soon after with a fine strike from the blue line at 51:23, assisted by Steve Saviano. Sebastien Sylvestre extended the Giants lead to three goals at 53:37 with a powerplay effort, assisted by Brendan Connolly and Spiro Goulakos.
Colin Shields grabbed the sixth goal of the night for Belfast at 55:48, assisted by Sebastien Sylvestre and Cole Jarrett.
Spiro Goulakos rounded off the scoring when his slapshot hammered into the back of the Capitals net at 59:11, assisted by Sebastien Sylvestre and Colin Shields.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 7-2 Edinburgh Capitals
Giants Man of the Match:
#10 Sebastien Sylvestre
The Giants next game is against the Braehead Clan in the Elite League on Saturday at The SSE Arena, Belfast, face-off 7pm. Tickets are now on sale online at ticketmaster.ie as well as from the Arena Box Office either in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074.
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