An impressive Stena Line Belfast Giants performance on the road saw the visitors come from 2-0 down to defeat the Sheffield Steelers 4-3. Sebastien Sylvestre grabbed the game winning goal at 56:11 to complete a four point weekend for the Giants following Friday’s 5-4 home win against Guildford.
The win sees the Giants remains in fourth position however now two points closer to Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham who occupy the top three positions respectively.
The Giants started with Johner, Jarrett, S.Murphy, Vandermeer and Raine all missing out through injury with Adam Keefe in the lineup and an impressive Jackson Whistle in net.
Steelers Special Teams Take First Period
The opening period of play was an even affair until the Steelers special teams took advantage to put the home side ahead. First up was Mathieu Roy opening the scoring at 12:20 with the puck deflecting off the Sheffield forward and past an unlucky Whistle during a 5-on-3 powerplay.
John Armstrong picked up a rebound from Colton Fretter’s shot to double the Sheffield lead at 17:07 with another powerplay goal for the hosts.
Giants Cut Sheffield Lead To One
The Giants had the better of the play in the middle period and deservedly got the goal that reduced the deficit to one. Blair Riley fed the puck to Jonathan Ferland who ripped a slapshot high into the Sheffield net at 23:53.
Third Period Trio Gives Giants Win
Belfast got off to a fast start in the the third period with Colin Shields picking up on the loose puck and hammering a slapshot past Mustukovs to equalise at 40:58, assists by Sebastien Sylvestre and Brendan Connolly.
Spiro Goulakos put the hosts ahead for the first time in the game with a fine, unassistsed, strike at 46:54.
The game boiled over at 47:49 when Colton Fretter was thrown out of the game for ‘Checking from Behind’ after chasing down Spiro Goulakos, who was assessed a ‘Kicking’ Penalty which ended his game also.
However the Steelers battled back to tie the game once again at 50:09 when Mathieu Roy found Mark Matheson in space in front of the Giants net who made it 3-3.
The Giants showed resilience throughout this game with their shortbenched roster and continued to do so as they went in search of a game winning goal. The visitors got their reward at 56:11 when Blair Riley and Darcy Murphy combined well to move the puck to Sebastien Sylvestre who fired past Mustukovs to seal the win.
Sheffield Steelers 3-4 Stena Line Belfast Giants
Giants Man of the Match:
#19 Colin Shields
The Giants continue their five game road swing with back-to-back games against Braehead and Edinburgh next Saturday and Sunday respectively.