Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Belfast Giants create more history

Goal machine: Kevin Saurette scored for the Belfast Giants

Coventry Blaze 1 Belfast Giants 4: The history making goes on for the Belfast Giants.

Two weeks on from winning the Elite League title earlier than anyone has ever done it before, Paul Adey's team has now gone 27 games without suffering a regulation time defeat – a club record.

Their 4-1 win in Coventry last night has also taken the champions to the brink of another historic achievement.

Evan Cheverie, Adam Keefe, Kevin Saurette and Dustin Whitecotton scored the goals as the Giants recorded their 15th successive victory and they will now look to equal the club record of 16-in-a-row when they face the Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey Arena on Friday night.

The game was effectively won in the first period, as the Giants took a 3-1 lead, but they had to work hard for it.

Cheverie's opener came at 4:37, with Robby Sandrock claiming the assist, but Coventry were back in the game within five minutes when Mike Egener struck the equaliser. Although they have secured the title early, this Giants team is in no mood to take the foot off the gas and three minutes before the end of the first period Darryl Lloyd and Kevin Phillips combined to set up Keefe and the captain struck his 12th goal of the season.

The Giants' first powerplay of the game came with a minute left in the first period and it took Saurette just 15 seconds to make the numerical advantage count as he netted for the 33rd time this season. The fourth goal didn't arrive until 15 minutes from the end when Whitecotton scored on another powerplay.

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