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Belfast Giants 5-1 Coventry Blaze: Giants put on a five star show

By Todd Kelman

The Belfast Giants are on the road today to Dundee after a clinical 5-1 win over the Coventry Blaze at the Odyssey Arena last night.

Led by a two goal performance from man of the match Darryl Lloyd, the Giants out scored, out hit and out hustled the Blaze all over the rink from the moment the puck hit the ice.

The Giants scored first just eight minutes into the game when Chris Higgins finished off a nice pass from Kevin Saurette for his eighth goal of the season. It didn't take the Blaze long to get back into the game when the League's leading scorer Ryan Ginand fired a shot past Stephen Murphy just 40 seconds later.

After that, Murphy was perfect stopping everything the Blaze threw at him and the rest of his team was as good in front of him. Jeffrey Szwez scored his 13th goal of the season to give the Giants the lead with five minutes remaining in the opening period.

Despite a dominating performance in the middle period for the Giants, Mike Zacharias stood tall in net for the Blaze but the flood gates opened in the third period when the Giants scored three unanswered goals to seal the win.

First Rob Sandrock blasted home a slapshot on the powerplay to make it 3-1, and give Sandrock 10 goals on the season so far. Next Lloyd scored an unassisted goal at the five minute mark of the third period and in the dying minutes it was Lloyd again who finished off a nifty between the legs pass by Higgins to confirm the 5-1 victory.

No rest for the league leaders though as today the team are on the road to take on the Dundee Stars who had the evening off last night while the Blaze are home against Braehead Clan.

In other action around the league, a notable loss for the Nottingham Panthers who fell 7-5 to the Hull Stingrays. Yet another surprising result in the Elite League.

Game Highlights - Stena Line Belfast Giants vs Coventry Blaze - Sat 21st December 2013 from Belfast Giants on Vimeo.

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