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Giants go goal crazy to blow away Coventry Blaze

Coventry Blaze 8-10 Belfast Giants

By Stuart McKinley

It only took 24 hours for the Belfast Giants to gain revenge over Coventry Blaze as they won a thrilling goalfest at the SkyDome to take the points in the second leg of the weekend double-header.

Coventry won Saturday night's meeting at the SSE Arena on a penalty shoot-out, with only two goals scored in the regulation 60 minutes - last night there were 18!

Yes, 18, with the Giants hitting 10 of them and seven different players getting their names on the game sheet.

The tone was set early on, Kris Beech opening the scoring for the Giants with just 39 seconds on the clock.

It was 2-0 at 3:07, with Jeff Mason slotting home.

Coventry responded when Neill Trimm score on their first powerplay of the game at 4:54, but the Giants were two up again within little more than a minute through Brandon Benedict.

There was no let up in a thrilling first period as Mike Radja made it 4-1 with less than nine minutes on the clock.

Coventry rallied and were level before the first intermission. Drew Fisher, Brett Robinson - both on powerplays - and Ashley Tait on target.

Blaze came out flying at the start of the second period as Tait scored to put them in front for the first time in the game.

Cale Tanaka then struck at 21:33 to stretch the Blaze lead to 6-4.

That was as good as it got for Coventry though as the Giants knocked in three goals without reply - one from James Desmarais before Radja scored twice to complete his hat-trick - to lead 7-6.

The Giants were well in control by this stage and Darryl Lloyd scored their eighth short handed a minute into the third period.

Garside made it 9-6, before Carl Lauzon and Mike Quesnele reduced the deficit.

Mason then struck the Giants 10th to seal the win.

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