Tyler Beskorowany on form as Belfast Giants shutout title rivals Nottingham Panthers
Nottingham Panthers 0-4 Belfast Giants
IT'S now six wins in a row for the Belfast Giants as they produced a fantastic performance to shutout the Nottingham Panthers for a 4-0 win at the National Ice Centre.
The league leaders have now won 15 of their last 17, and eight of nine on their 16-game road trip, and this is one of the best results so far as they shut down one of their title rivals in their own building.
Tyler Beskorowany led from the back with 19 saves for his first 60-minute shutout in a Giants jersey, while the Giants' forwards continued to roll as they have been doing recently, firing in three goals in the second period to give them an unassailable lead.
Michael Garnett was called into action in the early moments as Belfast sought an early goal, starting as they meant to go on, with the Panthers netminder denying Kyle Baun on a couple of occasions inside the first few minutes.
At the other end, Justin Kovacs and Brett Perlini fashioned a chance for Steven Lee that Beskorowany managed to turn away, while Garnett was also equal to Kendall McFaull's slapshot from the blueline.
Beskorowany kept it scoreless at the interval as he denied Robert Farmer just before the end of the first, and then early in the second he did well to ensure it stayed tied at zero with great blocks on shots from Jacob Doty, Guillaume Lepine and Farmer again.
With their netminder doing the hard work at one end, the Giants forwards went to work at the other and they finally took the lead at 31:04, winger Darcy Murphy finding the twine mere moments after a powerplay expired.
That was then doubled at 35:07 when Kevin Raine grabbed his first goal since returning to Belfast, ripping a slapshot from the blueline that beat Garnett, before Beskorowany robbed Alex Guptill at the other end.
Buoyed by that save, the lead at the second intermission would be three, Hunter Bishop tipping in a shot at the crease at 37:41, and that rapidly became four after the restart when David Rutherford scored on the powerplay at 41:38.
With no goal in sight due to the excellent form of Beskorowany, Nottingham went ahead with their planned teddy toss, which took place under a chorus of boos midway through the period as the fans vented their frustrations.
Despite having the four goal lead, it was Belfast who pushed for another late in the game and, although they didn't find it, they head to Cardiff tomorrow in high spirits after this massive win.
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