Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Belfast Giants 5 - 2 Sheffield Steelers: Impressive Giants are Steel No.1

14/12/13:  Colin Shields of the Belfast Giants celebrates after scoring the first goal against the Sheffield Steelers during the Elite League game at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Picture: Michael CooperPicture: Michael Cooper
Colin Shields of the Belfast Giants celebrates after scoring the first goal against the Sheffield Steelers during the Elite League game at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
14/12/13:  Adam Keefe of the Belfast Giants fights Tim Spencer of the Sheffield Steelers during the 5-2 win in Elite League game at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Picture: Michael Cooper
Adam Keefe of the Belfast Giants fights Tim Spencer of the Sheffield Steelers during the 5-2 win in Elite League game at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
14/12/13:  Robbie Sandrock of the Belfast Giants jumps out of the way of a check from Phil Hill of the Sheffield Steelers during the 5-2 win in Elite League game at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Picture: Michael Cooper
Robbie Sandrock of the Belfast Giants jumps out of the way of a check from Phil Hill of the Sheffield Steelers during the 5-2 win in Elite League game at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

What a weekend of ice hockey at the Odyssey Arena!

Two games and two big wins to keep the Belfast Giants at the top of the Elite League standings.

Although I thought we struggled through our game against the Fife Flyers on Friday evening, last night we played possibly our best game of the season in front of a huge crowd beating the Sheffield Steelers 5-2 in the process.

The hero of the game last night was Colin Shields who scored the opening goal and the game winner -- playing his best game in the most important match of the season so far.

Shields has been scary good as of late, with some of his best games over his Giants career in the last few weeks. There is a reason why he is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Belfast Giants.

The Steelers actually scored the opener before Shields netted his first of the game, and then only seconds later Robby Sandrock netted a blinder when he jumped up into the play and blasted a shot past Frank Doyle in goal for the Steelers.

The only goal of the second period was tipped in by Shields with Sandrock and Elfring drawing assists on the powerplay.

The Steelers actually battled back in the dying minutes to make it 3-2 but with their netminder pulled, it was Sandrock who iced the win with an empty netter with 36 seconds remaining in the game.

Kevin Saurette added another empty netter when former Giants coach Doug Christiansen chose to keep his netminder on the bench in the hopes of scoring with the extra attacker.

It was an extra sweet victory beating the Steelers, a team we are battling with for the League title and the team coached by the man that was in charge of the Giants for the past three seasons.

The current Giants head coach Paul Adey had to be pleased with the two wins this weekend and we remain in top spot in the league standings helped out by the fact that Nottingham and Braehead both lost their games last night.

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