The Belfast Giants stormed back from two goals down last night to beat the Hull Stingrays 4-2 at the Dundonald Ice Bowl to maintain their challenge for the Elite League title.
The victory pulled Steve Thornton’s side level on points with the Nottingham Panthers in second place in the table and the Coventry Blaze are now just three points ahead.
In a tightly fought first period it was the visitors who capitalised on their powerplay opportunity while the Giants did nothing despite having the man advantage twice.
At 6:55 James Archer was left with too much time in front of Giants goalie Stephen Murphy and despite making the first save he could do nothing with the rebound.
It didn’t take long into the second period for the Stingrays to increase their advantage when Konstantin Kalmikov netted at 21:25.
A goal from Colin Shields at 36:38 pulled the Giants back into
the game heading into the final 20 minutes.
Defenceman turned forward Graeme Walton doesn’t score many goals but when he found the back of the net at 44:41 it was maybe the most important he’s scored as a Giant.
It was another young British player who would break the deadlock as Craig Peacock scored the game’s decisive goal at 50:17.
Just under four minutes later the points were made safe when Tim Cook bagged a goal on the powerplay.
The Giants must now turn around some poor form on the road with two games against the Sheffield Steelers this weekend if they are to set-up what could be a vital game in the chase for the championship against Coventry on Saturday week.