Belfast Giants 1-2 Manchester Storm: Giants lose first game in eleven
Belfast Giants fell to their first defeat in eleven games with a 2-1 loss against the Manchester Storm at the SSE Arena on Wednesday .
Two goals 86 seconds apart either side of the second intermission gave the away side the regulation win. The Giants remain in second place, six points behind the Cardiff Devils in first place with one game ‘in-hand’ over the Welsh side.
Jackson Whistle made the start in the Giants net with Adam Keefe the home side’s scratch for this one.
The first period was scoreless with the visitors having the best of the chances as Jackson Whistle was called on to keep the Storm at bay.
The home side took the lead at 29:32 with a James Desmarais slapshot ripping into the back of the Manchester net, assisted by Colin Shields and Derrick Walser.
With 43 seconds remaining in the second period, Taylor Dickin equalised for the Storm, assisted by Trevor Johnston.
Cody Cartier scored the go-ahead goal for the visitors, assisted by Matt Bissonnette and Trevor Johnson. That goal proved to be the game winning goal as the Manchester Storm soaked up the Giants pressure for the remainder of the period with the home side unable to find a way past the Storm defence.
The Giants move on to back-to-back home games - on Friday 30th December against the Braehead Clan, 7pm before taking on the Coventry Blaze on Monday 2nd January at 4pm.
Belfast Giants 1-2 Manchester Storm
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