Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Andrew Dickson is hero in Belfast Giants' comeback victory

Andrew Dickson made key saves for Giants
Andrew Dickson made key saves for Giants

Andrew Dickson celebrated his first start at the Odyssey Arena with a man-of-the-match performance as the Belfast Giants pulled off a stunning comeback victory over Braehead Clan.

The Ballymoney-born goaltender only made his full debut for the team in Saturday night's 6-2 defeat in Fife and fears of an even heavier defeat were in the air as Braehead went 2-0 up with less than eight minutes gone.

After that difficult period Dickson pulled off 21 saves in the remainder of the game to help the Giants turn the game around and win in overtime.

"It was fantastic. Obviously I was nervous and the worst thing you can do is drop a three-goal lead, but to come back and win in overtime; you can't get any better than that," said Dickson.

"There were a lot of people from Ballymoney in the crowd, my dad was here and I'm really happy."

Braehead had set out to test the inexperienced Dickson from the word go and Ash Goldie's strike put them 1-0 up at 4:14.

Five minutes later, with Calvin Elfring serving a holding penalty, the Giants were rocked again as Clan doubled their lead through Joel Champagne.

Giants coach Paul Adey immediately called a timeout, but it wasn't until Champagne scored his second to put Braehead 3-0 up at 27:16 that the Elite League champions finally woke up.

Elfring found the net right at the end of a powerplay at 34:52 and he also played a part as Craig Peacock netted two minutes into the third period.

The Giants were very much on top when Elfring scored his second of the night six minutes from the end to send the game into overtime.

With Dickson now in the groove the Giants went for broke at the other and and Jeff Mason struck the winner at 2:24 to win the game.

Coach Paul Adey paid tribute to Dickson, saying: "It was nice to see Andrew Dickson get his first win and he deserved his man of the match because as the game went on he played better and better and he made some key saves for us."

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