Belfast Giants coach Doug Christiansen learned one key thing about his team during Saturday night’s 9-1 thrashing of the Edinburgh Capitals.
The Giants gave up eight powerplay opportunities to the Capitals, with captain Adam Keefe being sent to the box on three separate occasions.
The penalty killing unit excelled, however, with Edinburgh only managing to score when their seventh powerplay of the night came along.
“Our penalty kill at the start of the season was poor, now we’re fourth in the league, which isn’t fantastic, but it’s better than it was,” said Christiansen.
“The things I look for in a every game, we kept them down to less than 20 shots, only gave up one goal, our penalty kill was good and we scored on powerplays, all transfer no matter who the opposition our, so I was happy with that.
“Without Rob Sandrock the special teams were a concern, so it is pleasing for me as a coach that they worked well.”
Seven different players — Sam Roberts, Greg Stewart, Noah Clarke, Mark Garside, Jeff Mason, Craig Peacock and Darryl Lloyd — scored as the Giants notched their biggest Elite League win of the season, but two in particular earned praise from Christiansen.
“Sam Roberts did a great job for the team and it was great that we had scoring from all three lines,” said Christiansen.
“It was great that Greg Stewart had a big night. He is a big part of our team and he has been quiet lately, but after having a four point night hopefully his confidence will be boosted ahead of big games to come.”
The first of those big games is against Nottingham at the Odyssey on Friday, when the Giants will have a chance to open up a seven point gap over the Panthers.