Belfast Giants: Adey takes loss as point gained
Belfast Giants 2 Dundee Stars 3 (after extra time): Paul Adey didn't find it hard to look on the bright side of the Belfast Giants' first defeat since December 3.
While there was obvious disappointment after Dundee Stars won 3-2 at the Odyssey Arena – the Giants first loss in 10 games – with the game being decided in overtime the Giants coach considered it very much a point gained.
It leaves them 12 points ahead of the chasing pack, although the Sheffield Steelers and Braehead Clan both have a game in hand, while Dundee and Nottingham Panthers are two games behind.
The Giants were just 15 seconds away from taking nothing from the game before Kevin Saurette's late, late equaliser in normal time was enough for Adey to take positives from the night.
"That's a big goal and it's a big point for us," said Adey. "Any time you pull your goalie and you find a way to score it's good.
"They had an opportunity to put it in the empty net, but the guys fought hard to block that puck and we didn't give them the goal. We moved it up and eventually found a way to score, so if you look at the whole last 40 seconds of the game it's an even bigger point as far as I'm concerned.
"It's 10 games since we lost in regulation, so we can't beat ourselves up too much that we didn't win in regulation time."
After a scoreless first period the Giants led 1-0 at the end of the second through Jeffrey Szwez.
Two goals, less than a minute apart, from Brock McPherson and Rory Rawlyk put Dundee in front with 12 mintues to go and they almost survived the Giants onslaught before Saurette popped up with his 18th goal of the season after Stephen Murphy had been sacrificed for an extra skater as Adey went for broke.
He can look back over an excellent period for the Giants when they stretched their lead at the top
"It's always disappointing when you don't win a game, but we've had a tough month in November with all the games on the road and at some point it's going to catch up on you a little bit.
"I thought it did and at times we were mentally weak on some of our plays. Usually we've sharper, but we weren't especially in the first period."