Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Five star Giants end their long losing run

Edinburgh Capitals 0 Belfast Giants 5

Mark Dutiaume scored for the Belfast Giants in Edinburgh
Mark Dutiaume scored for the Belfast Giants in Edinburgh

The Belfast Giants are back!

After three weekends of nothing but defeats since winning their first - and until last night only - game of the season, Ed Courtenay's team have finally tasted victory again.

The six-match losing streak is over and as a bonus goaltender Philippe DeRouville recorded a first shut-out of the season.

A 5-0 win in Edinburgh won't exactly have Giants fans dancing in the streets, but it's progress for a team that was on a downer.

Those half-a-dozen defeats won't be forgotten overnight though. Courtenay's signing of Shaun Sutter means one import will have to go and the coach has threatened further changes.

That will happen if last night's result proves to be a flash in the pan and even if the team starts to put some points on the board new faces may still be added.

Courtenay has even said that his own position on the team - and maybe even as coach - isn't safe. He went some way to securing both jobs last night though by scoring twice.

And he will also be pleased that the imports have raised their game in order to make sure they are not the one to be cut from the team when Sutter arrives.

Leigh Jamieson and Mark Dutiaume had the Giants ahead in the first period before Courtenay struck himself.

And it was his line who shone through on the night, with Ryan Smith scoring the fourth and Scott Cameron racking up three assists as Courtenay netted the fifth.

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