The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to a heavy defeat on Wednesday night in Sheffield. Three unanswered goals in the middle period helped the Steelers to a 5-0 home win and extend their lead at the top of the Elite League to three points.
Following last weekend’s impressive double over the Devils away from home – the Giants struggled in Sheffield on Wednesday against the league’s current top side.
Despite the defeat – Belfast still sit in third place with 22 points from 18 games, four points behind the Sheffield Steelers in first place with 26 points from 21 games.
Shane Owen started in the Belfast net, posting 29 saves, with the Giants missing Liam Morgan and Stephen Murphy.
GAME OVER | Giants fall to the Steelers mid-week in Sheffield
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With Brian Ward called for Hooking at 15:33 – the Steelers took full advantage and posted a first period goal at 16:46 when Lucas Sandström walked in on goal and finished well past Owen, assisted by Marek Troncinsky and Nikolai Lemtyugov.
Steelers Take Control
The Steelers dominated the middle period – posting three unanswered goals to give the visitors a mountain to climb in the final period.
First up was Anthony DeLuca at 28:28 with Brendan Connolly pulling Owen to one side and leaving DeLuca with a simple finish.
John Armstrong extended the Sheffield lead only 72 seconds later when Nikolai Lemtyugov picked up his second helper of the night with a fine pass to Armstrong at the back post.
DeLuca netted his second of the period at 37:00, assisted by Michael Davies and Ben O’Connor, when he pounced on the loose puck and swept home.
Armstrong Completes Home Win
With Ciaran Long sent to the penalty box for High-Sticking at 48:17, John Armstrong posted his second of the game at 49:36, assisted by Nikolai Lemtyugov and Ben Davies.
Sheffield Steelers 5-0 Stena Line Belfast Giants
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Next up for the Giants are back-to-back away games this Saturday and Sunday in Scotland against the Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars respectively.
Next at home for the Giants are the ‘Retro Games’ against the Sheffield Steelers on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December – when the organisation will be celebrating their 20th anniversary. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.ie.