The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to defeat in Scotland on Saturday as the Fife Flyers took the win 5-1.
With three unanswered goals in the opening period – the Giants struggled to get back into the game and fell to a second defeat in-a-row.
The Giants now sit in fourth place with 22 points from 20 games, four points behind the Sheffield Steelers in first place with 26 points from 23 games.
Shane Owen started in the Belfast net before being replaced by Stephen Murphy at the beginning of the middle period with the Giants missing Captain Matt Pelech.
Flyers Treble Stuns Giants
Tim Crowder opened the scoring for the hosts at 14:18, firing home with a fine slapshot.
With Curtis Hamilton called for clashing at 16:55 – the hosts took full advantage when Carlo Finucci squeezed the puck past Owen at 17:57, assisted by Tim Crowder and Jonas Emmerdahl.
Less than a minute later and it was 3-0 when Danick Gauthier, assisted by Mike Cazzola, fired home.
Flyers Extend Advantage
Ben Lake was called for Hooking at 35:48 and the hosts capitalised again when Kyle Just scored Fife’s second powerplay goal of the night at 37:25.
Finucci Brace Cancels Lake Goal
Ben Lake got the Giants on the scoreboard early in the final period with a cool finish on the powerplay, assisted by Pat Mullen.
The Flyers restored their four goal advantage at 49:09 when Carlo Finucci netted his second of the game, assisted by Mike Cazzola and Tim Crowder.
Fife Flyers 5-1 Stena Line Belfast Giants
The Giants return to the ice to complete their Scottish road trip on Sunday against the Dundee Stars, face-off 5pm.
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.