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Belfast Giants' run continues as Sheffield Blaze are extinguished

Coventry Blaze 1-2 Belfast Giants

By Stuart McKinley

The Belfast Giants' perfect start to their Elite League challenge goes on.

And after making it four wins out of four in the league by beating Coventry Blaze 2-1 in the SkyDome last night, Derrick Walser's team have now won seven in-a-row in all competitions.

Indeed, since losing 3-0 to the Dundee Stars in a season-opening Challenge Cup clash three weeks ago, the Giants have a 100% record.

They had to battle to keep that impressive run going though, as after Kris Beech and Mike Radja scored in the first and second periods respectively, a Coventry rally combined with having too many players sent to the penalty box added up to make it a tense finish.

It shouldn't have been like that, however, as the Giants had dominated from early on.

They only had one goal to show for the 20 shots that rained in on Coventry goaltender Brian Stewart though.

Stewart saved James Desmarais' shot, Beech pounced on the rebound and flicked the puck into the net with a back-handed finish at 4:31.

The Giants were still in the driving seat, but it took a powerplay 12 minutes into the second period for them to score again.

Kevin Noble was punished for a roughing offence and just four seconds after he took his seat in the penalty box, Radja tapped in after Colin Shield's shot had come to him off the backboards.

Player-coach Walser found himself in trouble after becoming involved in a melee that ensued when Beech took a big hit from Coventry's Boris Valabik.

Walser was ejected after the officials deemed him to have made a hit with the butt end of his stick.

It was a tripping offence by Mitch Ganzak that gave Covenry the powerplay on which they pulled a goal back at 50:40 through Brian Godfrey, but despite pulling Stewart with a minute to go, they couldn't find an equaliser.

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