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Belfast Giants: Fantastic Five As Giants Defeat Braehead Clan 5-1

Published 09/10/2016

8 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Challenge Cup: Stena Line Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena Belfast.
Belfast Giants Stevie Saviano with Braehead Clan's Matt Haywood during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
8 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Challenge Cup: Stena Line Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena Belfast. Belfast Giants Stevie Saviano with Braehead Clan's Matt Haywood during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
8 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Challenge Cup: Stena Line Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena Belfast. Belfast Giant Chris Higgins scores against Braehead during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
8 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Challenge Cup: Stena Line Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena Belfast. Belfast Giants Jonathan Boxill goes head to head with former Belfast Giant Craig Peacock during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
8 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Challenge Cup: Stena Line Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena Belfast. Chris Higgins makes it 5 for the Belfast Giants during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
8 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Challenge Cup: Stena Line Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena Belfast. Belfast Giants Mark Garside celebrates with James Desmarais during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
8 October 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Challenge Cup: Stena Line Belfast Giants v Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena Belfast. Belfast Giants Brandon Benedict celebrates with Jonathan Boxill and Jeff Mason with Braehead Clan's during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

The Stena Line Belfast Giants opened the weekend with a comprehensive 5-1 win over the Braehead Clan on Saturday at The SSE Arena, Belfast.

A double from Chris Higgins and one each from Blair Riley, Michael Forney and Mark Garside saw the Giants move into first place in Challenge Cup Group A.

The Giants got off to a flying start, dominating the visitors throughout the opening period - outshooting the Clan 16-4. Blair Riley opened the scoring after only 3:36, assisted by Matt Towe and Jonathan Boxill with Chris Higgins doubling the Giants lead a few minutes later as his beautiful finish flew past Zajkowski in the Braehead net at 10:19.

However with 2:29 gone in the second period, Matt Beca pulled one back for the Clan, assisted by Scott Pitt and Corey Cowick. At 29:39, Michael Forney restored the Giants two-goal advantage, assisted by Chris Higgins with Mark Garside giving the hosts a three goal lead going into the final period at 36:21, assisted by Jim Vandermeer and Jeff Mason.

Jonathan Boxill dropped the gloves with Craig Peacock at 37:30 following the Braehead player's high stick on Coach Derrick Walser with the Giants forward getting the take-down.

Chris Higgins wrapped up the win for the Giants with a third period goal with 7:07 left on the clock, assisted by Michael Forney and Blair Riley.

Sunday sees the Giants travel to Sheffield to face the Steelers, face-off 6pm with the Giants next at home on both Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October against the Coventry Blaze at The SSE Arena.

Final Score

Stena Line Belfast Giants 5-1 Braehead Clan

Giants Man of the Match

#68 Chris Higgins

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