The Belfast Giants completed a perfect weekend in Braehead on Sunday afternoon, shellacking a leggy Glasgow Clan 6-0 as goaltender Tyler Beskorowany completed a first back-to-back shut out since Stephen Murphy achieved the feat in Teal back in March/April 2012 (Source: Davy McGimpsey).
Glasgow, playing their third game in three nights and fourth of the week, struggled to make any impact in the Giants zone and were heavily outshot by 51 to 14.
Goals from Hook, Doggett, Boucher, Goodwin, Reinhart and Conway sealed a statement weekend from Adam Keefe’s men on the road, responding in style to last week’s zero pointer.
Despite missing the services of Ciaran Long, Darcy Murphy and Cam Knight, the Belfast Giants were certainly the spritelier of the sides in the opening minutes; peppering Clan goaltender Shane Starrett and his defensemen.
Jordan Boucher ran riot in the first period, using his quick feet and agility to cause headaches in the offensive zone.
However, it was Lewis Hook who pounced on a Scott Conway one timer to open the scoring at 8:50, making the most of his increased ice time to bag his fourth EIHL goal of the season. (0-1)
At the other end of the ice, Belfast’s defensive vision was razor sharp. Sam Ruopp and Jeff Baum took turns at poke checking and intercepting cross zone passes and odd man rushes, and Mark Garside sent Boucher on the breakaway with a neat backwards pass out of the Giants D-zone.
Slater Doggett doubled the Giants lead from close range at 17:16, assisted by Boucher and Griffin Reinhart, the last big action of a dominant opening period. (0-2)
Scott Conway thundered the post merely seconds into the middle period, as Belfast’s top line resumed the assault.
Colton Yellow Horn took the first penalty of the game at 26:57, with his hooking call sending the Giants onto a high tempo power play. Griffin Reinhart rang the bar, but Glasgow survived the kill.
The hosts continued to struggle with penalties, as Matt Haywood (slashing, 31:32) and Cody Sol (slashing, 33:40) took turns to visit the box.
However, it was back at 5 on 5 when Belfast found their way through again courtesy of Jordan Boucher; his first even handed goal of the season at 35:46 (Assist: Slater Doggett, Ben Lake). (0-3)
The sides exchanged further power plays as Jeff Baum (Belfast) sat for holding at 35:58 and Quinn O’Brien (Glasgow) took a tripping call at 38:51, but the score remained 0-3 at the break.
Glasgow’s frustrations began to get the better of them in the final period as Mathieu Roy sat for holding at 44:58, before a toothless power play opportunity as JJ Piccinich took a high sticking penalty at 45:34.
With Mitch Jones next to the Clan box for a tripping call at 45:50, Giants Captain David Goodwin struck his side’s fourth assisted by Scott Conway and Jeff Baum (46:42). (0-4)
By this point, the wheels had come off entirely for the hosts. Another Giants power play goal followed at 47:41 as Nolan LaPorte was called for hooking; Griffin Reinhart unleashing a long-range missile past embattled goalie Shane Starrett (Assist: Slater Doggett, Sam Ruopp). (0-5)
A sixth was to follow from Scott Conway at 51:25, assisted by a red-hot Jordan Boucher. (0-6)
With the game out of sight, and Tyler Beskorowany seeing very little of the puck, Adam Keefe iced young rookies Kell Beattie and Mack Stewart who injected late energy into the line-up.
There was just enough time for a Cody Sol interference penalty after a coming together with Stewart, as time elapsed on a four-point weekend for the Belfast Giants and a second shutout in as many nights.
The Giants return home to the SSE Arena next weekend to take on the Fife Flyers on Saturday 11th December at 7:00pm, and the Nottingham Panthers on Sunday 12th December at 4:00pm. Tickets for both games are on sale NOW!