Belfast Giants 3-0 Edinburgh Capitals: Giants close gap on Cardiff Devils
Belfast Giants reduced the gap on the first placed Cardiff Devils to six points, having played one less game, with a 3-0 home win over the Edinburgh Capitals on Thursday.
Goals from Colin Shields (x2) and Steve Saviano as well as a shutout for Man of the Match Jackson Whistle gave the Giants the win on the first game out of two in two days between these sides.
Jackson Whistle started in net for the Giants with Andrew Dickson backing up. Jeff Mason was the Giants scratch with Ryan Martinelli returning to the line up following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Giants outshot the Capitals in the first period however they could not find a way past Jordan Marr, making his debut in the Edinburgh net.
The deadlock was broken at 32:23, when Colin Shields tipped a Ryan Martinelli shot into the roof of the Capitals net. The first goal of the game was scored on the powerplay and gave the home side a 1-0 lead after the second period.
Steve Saviano doubled the Giants lead at 49:47 when he was the first to react to a rebound following a Colin Shields shot.
Fine goaltending by Jackson Whistle saw the Giants close out the game in style and take the win.
The Giants return to action almost immediately, facing the Edinburgh Capitals again on Friday at The SSE Arena, Belfast - face-off 7pm.
Belfast Giants 3-0 Edinburgh Capitals
Giants Man of the Match
#1 Jackson Whistle