Two late empty net goals sealed the home win for the Guildford Flames in a 4-1 victory on Sunday night. The Giants trailed 2-0 at the end of the opening period and although Brian Ward halved the deficit early in the middle period – the visitors were unable to find a way past the Flames defence again.
With Sunday’s defeat – the Giants remain third in the standings with 42 points from 34 games, four points behind the Cardiff Devils with 46 points from 32 games and seven points behind the Sheffield Steelers with 49 points from 36 games.
Shane Owen started in the Belfast net, posting 40 saves, with the Giants missing Liam Reddox and Pat Mullen.
GAME OVER | The Flames down the Giants with goals from Craige, Davies, Watters and Crooks.
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) January 12, 2020
Guildford took an early lead in Sunday’s Elite League encounter. With Ben Lake sitting out two minutes for a Boarding call – Defenceman Jesse Craige fired high past Owen, assisted by Calle Ackered and Kruise Reddick, at 5:12.
The Flames doubled their lead at 9:08 when Ben Davies skated in on goal and slotted home, assisted by Steve Lee and Calle Ackered.
Giants Reduce Deficit
The Giants got on the board early in the middle period – Brian Ward the Belfast goalscorer, assisted by Bobby Farnham and Ciaran Long at 22:10.
Guildford Guarantee Win
The Giants were limited in the final period by a resolute home defence and, with Shane Owen pulled for the extra outskater, the Flames took full advantage. The hosts scored two late empty net goals through Ian Watters at 57:54 and Jamie Crooks at 59:40.
Guildford Flames 4-1 Stena Line Belfast Giants
Player of the Game
#50 Shane Owen (40 Saves)
Next up for the Giants is back-to-back road games against the Glasgow Clan and Sheffield Steelers on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January respectively.
Next at home is Saturday 25th January when the Giants face the Glasgow Clan, face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena. Tickets are available online now at ticketmaster.ie.