Late double gets revenge for Belfast Giants
Braehead Clan 1 Belfast Giants 2: The Belfast Giants gained quick revenge on the Braehead Clan last night.
Twenty-four hours earlier at the Odyssey Arena two third period goals proved to be merely consolation efforts for Doug Christiansen’s men as their Scottish visitors claimed a 4-2 win in Belfast.
Last night in Glasgow, however, the Giants showed once again that they possess a great deal of character and will to win by again netting twice in the final period, but this time the goals, first from Tim Cook and then Josh Prudden, gave them victory over the Clan.
Indeed with less than nine minutes remaining it looked like Braehead were going to complete a post-Christmas double over the Giants, with overtime possibly the best that could have been hoped for.
Two goals in the space of 81 seconds changed all that as the game was turned on its head and the Giants crossed the Irish Sea first thing this morning with two more points added to their total to stay in first position in the Elite League standings.
They now face another tough test tonight though when the Cardiff Devils arrive in Belfast as the busy festive schedule continues with a third game in as many nights.
The Giants penalty killing team had just snuffed out a full minute of a five-on-three powerplay for the Clan when the home side took full advantage of another powerplay to grab the lead.
Jordan Krestanovich began the move, sliding the puck to Jon Landry who in turn found Brendan Cook and he shot past Stephen Murphy to break the deadlock with just over half the game gone.
The Giants have been strong in the third period of games in recent weeks, so there was no real need for panic in the visitors locker room during the second break and once again, whatever word of wisdom Christiansen imparted to his players during the 15-minute interval had the desired affect.
Two powerplay opportunities had passed the Giants by, but they had at least ground down the Clan and when Prudden and Michael Jacobsen linked up to feed Cook he made no mistake.
Before the Clan had a chance to reorganise themselves the Giants had soared into the lead. Dan Welch and Jon Gleed carved out the opportunity and Prudden was on hand to deliver the telling touch to send the puck home.
After two nights facing the same opposition, it was no real surprise that tempers boiled over in the final seconds, as Gleed tangled with Clan’s Landry and Kyle Bruce. Bruce was thrown out of the game — for all that mattered with 17 seconds left. The other two earned roughing penalties.