A Stena Line Belfast Giants comeback was the story of Saturday with the visitors coming from 3-1 down to win 5-3 against the Cardiff Devils. the Giants played the perfect road game to defeat the Devils. Jackson Whistle stopped 31 of 34 shots to backstop the Giants to an impressive win on the road in Cardiff.
It is important to note that the Giants were missing the injured Dustin Johner, Stephen Murphy and Jim Vandermeer as well as Jonathan Ferland through suspension.
Catch the highlights from Saturday’s road win in Cardiff, thanks to Ice Time TV:
Devils Strike Early And Giants Hit Back
The Giants got off to the worst possible start, conceding after 40 seconds through Patrick Asselin’s early goal, assisted by Joey Haddad and Joey Martin.
Martin then turned scorer with a controversial powerplay goal at 7:45. However Referee Smith awarded the goal despite the Giants protests for offside.
Cole Jarrett cut the Cardiff lead in half at 16:01 when his thunderbolt of a slapshot ripped into the back of the Devils’ net on the powerplay, assisted by Brendan Connolly.
Towe And Riley Square Things Up
Into the middle period and Andrew Hotham struck on the powerplay at 22:39, assisted by Joey Martin and Jake Morissette, to extend the Devils lead to 3-1.
The Giants took advantage of their own powerplay opportunity later in the period when Matt Towe redirected Colin Shields’ pass into the hosts’ net at 28:08.
Eight minutes later and the Giants were level. This time it came following some nice work behind the net by Brendan Connolly who dished the puck to the front of the net where Blair Riley was waiting to shoot home.
Perfect Final Period From Belfast
Steve Saviano scored the visitors third powerplay goal of the night at 44:33 when he snuck the puck from behind the net past Bowns in the Cardiff net.
John Kurtz dropped the gloves at centre-ice with Cardiff’s Josh Batch at 46:37 with the Belfast forward impressing with the Devil attempting to spark his team back into the game.
The Giants extended their lead at 54:14 when goalscorer Saviano and Sylvestre combined well for the #10 to shoot low into the Cardiff net.
Brendan Connolly picked up the Giants second fighting major of the game at 57:24 when he dropped the gloves with Justin Faryna in the Belfast zone.
Jackson Whistle and the Giants team defence put on a show in the final minutes of this game, killing off 5-on-3 and 6-on-4 opportunities in order to seal the win.
Cardiff Devils 3-5 Stena Line Belfast Giants
Giants Man of the Match
#74 Matt Towe
Photos: Richard Murray & Helen Brabon Photography
The Giants stay on the road for an Elite League clash on Sunday vs the Coventry Blaze.
Belfast’s next home games are against the Fife Flyers in the Challenge Cup on Saturday 14th October and then Friday 20th October vs Guildford Flames in the Elite League. 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.
GAME OVER-GIANTS WIN!!!!
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) October 7, 2017