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Ice cool : Jordan Boucher is in red-hot form for the Belfast Giants. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

Ice cool : Jordan Boucher is in red-hot form for the Belfast Giants. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

William Cherry/Presseye

Ice cool : Jordan Boucher is in red-hot form for the Belfast Giants. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

Having put in so much effort, both mental and physical, to see off the Cardiff Devils on Friday, even Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe was questioning what his side had in reserve for Saturday’s trip to Altrincham to face the Manchester Storm.

But what he got was a performance of the highest quality, the Giants dominating for the majority of the game on their way to a comfortable 6-1 win over the Storm which extends their winning run in the Premier Sports Elite League to 12 games.

Winger Jordan Boucher was the star as he notched a highlight reel solo goal on the powerplay, one of two he scored in the third period, with Ben Lake also notching a double and Scott Conway and J.J. Piccinich both taking their goal tallies to 20 for the season.

Netminder Tyler Beskorowany was once again superb in turning away 14 of the 15 shots he faced — the only shot to beat him coming from Zach Sullivan in the first period — while there was even an assist for 17-year-old forward Mack Stewart, just the second of his still young professional career.

“I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go in terms of the emotional victory (on Friday) and what it took out of us, but I think it provided energy for us. The guys were coming in on a high and from the drop of the puck we were skating hard and I wasn’t concerned,” said Keefe.

“When we’re skating well, we’re a difficult team to handle. That speed, we were angling well through the neutral zone and not giving them a lot of time and space on the puck, which creates turnovers.

“On the flipside of that, our powerplay didn’t get a ton either. It’s a difficult building to work it around in on the powerplay.”

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Now 18-5-0 on the season, the Giants still trail the Sheffield Steelers and Devils by three points in the standings — although they still have four games in hand over the latter — but they left Manchester with the praises of the opposition coach ringing in their ears.

Despite seeing his team lose their sixth straight game, Storm coach Ryan Finnerty was effusive in his post-game remarks, claiming: “Belfast are the best team in the league by a long shot, they’re an incredible team. It wasn’t the best time for us to face a team like that.”


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