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Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 10:56 pm
The Stena Line Belfast Giants notched a further 2 points in the Elite League standings to stay in touch at the top with a 5-1 victory over the Fife Flyers at the Odyssey Arena. The result also counts in the Challenge Cup with the Giants climbing the standings, despite already qualifying for the next found of the competition.
A successful night for Giants as they moved within a point of Challenge Cup Group A leaders Braehead as well as jumping over Sheffield in the league standings, a point behind leaders Nottingham.
Flyers however are now in a bit of a slump, having lost their last six games in all competitions, albeit five of those were on the road, where Flyers record is one win from seven.
Giants took charge of this game quickly and scored twice by the 9th minute. Craig Peacock opened the scoring at 6.35 and he was followed by Robby Sandrock at 8.59. Despite only mustering 3 shots on Stephen Murphy in the Giants net in the period, Flyers did tighten up and kept the score that way until the end of the session.
A shock for the home side as Casey Haines pulled Flyers to within one when scoring at 25.46 but this only refuelled the Giants efforts and powerplay goals by Sandrock at 33.12 and Jeff Mason at 38.50 saw the lead at 4-1 after forty minutes.
No real danger for Giants in the third period with Flyers unable to create enough to seriously bother the home defence. One goal was added to the home tally when Daymen Rycroft shot and scored at 56.25 and Doug Christiansen would be a happy man as his charges skated to the win in both competitions.