Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Colin Shields treble leaves Belfast Giants striding clear

Colin Shields scored three for the Giants in Edinburgh
Colin Shields scored three for the Giants in Edinburgh

Edinburgh 2 Belfast Giants 7: Colin Shields added three more goals to his record tally for the Belfast Giants as they stretched their lead at the top of the Elite League table to a massive 17 points.

Dustin Whitecotton also notched a hat-trick as the unstoppable Giants thrashed the Edinburgh Capitals 7-2 at Murrayfield.

Defenceman Jeff Mason also chipped in with a goal as Paul Adey's side strolled to a second away victory of the weekend, having won 3-1 in Sheffield on Saturday night.

And all this after they had travelled the 250 miles from Yorkshire to Scotland by road yesterday morning – a journey which took some five hours.

The damage was done in the first period as the Giants knocked in six goals, with Edinburgh only mustering a single strike in reply.

The Capitals did pull another back when they scored the only goal of the second period, before Whitecotton completed the rout when he struck his third with 15 minutes to go.

The Giants flew out of the block and were 4-0 ahead before Edinburgh got onto the scoreboard.

Shields struck the first goal at 3:18 when he finished off some good work by Jeffrey Szwez and Whitecotton.

After a break to repair a damaged plate of plexi-glass Shields doubled the lead at 8:42 with a shot high past Capitals goaltender Tomas Hiadlovsky.

Darryl Lloyd and Adam Keefe created the chance for Mason to tap home the third at 10:43 and already it looked like the points were in the bag.

There was no let up from the Giants though as less than a minute later Whitecotton scored his first of the game after being set up by Szwez and Shields.

A hooking penalty against Evan Cheverie gave Edinburgh the first powerplay of the game and they took full advantage as Curtis Leinweber scored.

There was still more to come from the Giants in the first period as Shields scored at 13:21 and Whitecotton struck five minutes later to effectively win the game with just a third of it gone.

Jade Portwood scored the Capitals second at 28:38 as the Giants took the foot off the gas.

Whitecotton made it a magnificent seven five minutes into the third period and the Giants had their feet up for the rest of the game.

Andrew Dickson then took over from Stephen Murphy in goal with seven minutes to go – keeping out the three shots that were fired at him during that spell.

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