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Two points: Tyler Beskorowany (right) celebrates the Giants’ win over the Cardiff Devils with Josh Roach and Darcy Murphy

Two points: Tyler Beskorowany (right) celebrates the Giants’ win over the Cardiff Devils with Josh Roach and Darcy Murphy

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Two points: Tyler Beskorowany (right) celebrates the Giants’ win over the Cardiff Devils with Josh Roach and Darcy Murphy

When Tyler Beskorowany skated off the ice in Sheffield after the Belfast Giants' 4-2 loss Sunday week ago, he wanted to slip through the cracks.

It was the first time the Canadian had conceded more than three goals in a game since September 29 and it was his first league loss since October 21.

By his own high standards, he knew that wasn't good enough.

Fast forward a week later and Beskorowany was skating from the ice with his name reverberating around the SSE Arena after turning away three of the Cardiff Devils' five penalty shots to lead the Giants to a 3-2 win, while only one night before the 28-year-old denied 33 shots to help his side back to winning ways in a 3-1 triumph at the Guildford Flames.

What a difference a week makes.

"Tuesday was a big day for me, taking it off, resting up and getting ready to come and play," revealed Beskorowany.

"It was big for me to have that time to recover physically and mentally, I felt a lot better this weekend and I think the scoreboard showed it."

Beskorowany has been outstanding for the Giants this season, leading the league in wins (20), save percentage (.942) and goals against average (1.71).

However, one thing that the stats won't show was his stunning performance in the shoot-out against the Devils, denying Jake Morissette, Joey Martin and Charles Linglet all in the one-on-ones.

Rather ironically, it was a penalty shot that Beskorowany didn't save that led to him blocking those three on Sunday.

"The biggest thing in the shoot-out is not making the first move as the goaltender, let the shooter make the first move and then react to that," explained the Ontario native.

"Going back to that Sheffield game when (Eric) Neiley had that penalty shot, I made the first move on that one and he burnt me with it.

"So I went back and said to Keefer (coach Adam Keefe) we haven't done a shoot-out in a while, and we did one in practice during the week, so I guess it worked out well!

"We gutted out a win and did what we had to do. I made the saves I had to and our defence made the plays they had to as well, so all round I think it was a great game for us."

Beskorowany is one of those unlikely to play in tonight's second leg of the Giants' Challenge Cup quarter-final with the Dundee Stars at the SSE Arena (face-off 7pm).

The Giants lead 8-0 from the first leg and, barring a miraculous turnaround, should reach the semis with a bit to spare.

Back-up goaltender Stephen Murphy (above) should get the nod between the pipes, while head coach Keefe will likely rotate his lines to give some players more ice time.

When asked how they'd approach the game, Keefe warned: "Be a professional. Dundee have nothing to lose so they're going to come out and do their best to bring that score back.

"We have to do our best to just play, not sit back or do anything crazy, just play and win a hockey game."

Belfast Telegraph


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