Ice cool Carsen Chubak snuffs out Coventry Blaze
Belfast Giants 2-0 Coventry Blaze
Carsen Chubak staked a strong claim to be the Belfast Giants starting goaltender when the Play-off championship starts next weekend by shutting out Coventry Blaze in the final home league game of the season.
With Stephen Murphy expected to be fit for the quarter-final ties, which are likely to be against the Nottingham Panthers, Chubak's place is under threat, but he has given coach Steve Thornton a decision to make after keeping out all of Coventry's 24 shots as the Giants won 2-0.
Playing in front of a massive crowd of 7,178 in the Odyssey Arena, the Giants had the game won with just over 10 minutes gone, as that is how long it took for them to open up a two-goal lead as they dominated the first period.
After that Chubak put up a stubborn resistance as Coventry stepped things up before pulling goaltender Brian Stewart with two and a half minutes to go.
The Giants went ahead at 5:04, through an unlikely source. Evan Cheverie and Ray Sawada moved the puck and defenceman Kevin Phillips skated onto the blueline and cracked home only his second goal of the season.
The second goal followed just over five minutes later and again it wasn't the main scoring line that produced it.
Mike Kompon and Darryl Lloyd created the opening and captain Adam Keefe provided the finish.
The Giants now travel to take on the Fife Flyers tonight as they bring the curtain down on a disappointing league campaign.