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December 27, 2012


Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Belfast Giants 4 Braehead Clan 3

(After Overtime)

Having lead three times the Clan came away from Belfast with a point after losing out to an overtime winner from the Giants. Despite having a short bench the visitors almost pulled off the victory. However the Giants showed why they are the current league champions with this overtime win.

The visitors shocked the home team as they took the lead with a goal from Matt Haywood at 5.09. It remained this way until Gregory Stewart at 14.38 got the Giants on the board to restore equality. The first penalty of the game got called on Giants Matheson at 19.40 to give the Clan a powerplay opportunity.

With only 21 seconds of the second period played the visitors took full advantage of the extra man as Drew Miller put them back in front. The Giants got back on level terms for a second time as Kevin Saurette found the net at 26.01. A second powerplay for the Clan, once again saw them take the lead as Davide Nicoletti netted at 31.43. However, moments later the Giants got their first powerplay and Rob Sandrock converted to make it three apiece at 33.45.

After a goalless second period the game went into 5 minutes of sudden death overtime. The game winner came the way of the home side as Gregory Stewart scored his second of the game at 62.23 to give the Giants the extra point.

Period Scores:
Belfast     1+2+0+1=4
Braehead  1+2+0+0=3

Penalty Minutes:
Belfast     2+2+2=6
Braehead  0+2+4=6

Shots on:
Stephen Murphy 12+5+7+1=25
Garrett Zemlak   13+14+14+4=45

Belfast     1/3
Braehead  2/3

Dean Smith
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Coventry Blaze 3 Cardiff Devils 6

It was sweet revenge for the Devils who had lost out to the Blaze in Cardiff last night. The game was still in the balance going into the third period. However, four goals without reply from the visitors ended the game as a contest.

The visitors opened the scoring with a strike from Chris Blight at 12.30. They failed to hold onto their lead for very long as 61 seconds later the hosts were back on level terms as Dustin Cameron found the net. The Devils regained the lead with 23 seconds of the first period remaining as Kenton Smith slotted home.

Recently appointed captain Russell Cowley got the Blaze back on level terms as he found the net at 28.42. With neither team able to make any of the chances count the teams went in after two periods of hockey level at two apiece.

The game was ended as a contest as the Devils hit four by the 9th minute of the third period. A brace from Ben Davies set the Devils on the road he got his first 10 seconds into the third period and struck again at 43.22 to open up a two goal lead. Player/coach Gerad Adams with a 5 on 3 powerplay added a fifth at 46.24. This was followed by a strike from Jesse Gimblett 48.56. Matt Beleskey got what was no more than a consolation goal for the Blaze at 56.14.

Period Scores:
Coventry   1+1+1=3
Cardiff       2+0+4=6

Penalty Minutes:
Coventry   0+14+15=29
Cardiff       2+6+11=19

Shots on:
Peter Hirsch   13+13+17=43
Phil Oaser      12+8+22=42

Coventry   0/6
Cardiff       1/5

Tom Darnell
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Fife Flyers 6 Dundee Stars 3

Flyers went into this one having a good recent home record with four wins on the bounce. Whilst Dundee had lost their last four on the road in the end it was status quo as Fife made it five straight wins whilst Dundee went down to their fifth road loss.

The home side got off to the best possible start as Kriss Hogg opened the scoring at 3.18. Stars player/coach Jeff Hutchins got his team back on level terms with a goal at 6.43. Flyers got themselves back in front as Casey Haines found the net at 14.33 to give them a one goal lead at the end of the first.

Within the third minute of the second period the Flyers took a two goal lead as Bobby Chaumont on the powerplay netted at 20.49. This became a three goal lead as Kyle Horne again on the powerplay scored at 22.44. The Stars looked down and out at this point, that was until they got two in just over a minute from Mike Wirll on the powerplay at 28.41 and then a strike from Sammi Ryhanen at 29.53. After getting over that initial shock John Dolan got a fifth goal for the Flyers at 32.12 to steady the ship.

The Fife goaltender was the busier in the third period but he managed to turn away all that was fired on him. The only goal of the period came at 57.36 as Dolan got his second of the game.

Period Scores:
Fife       2+3+1=6
Dundee 1+2+0=3

Penalty Minutes:
Fife       0+6+0=6
Dundee 6+12+0=18

Shots on:
Bryan Pitton   6+14+11=31
Nic Riopel      13+9+6=28

Fife       2/4
Dundee 1/3

Neil Wilson
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Hull Stingrays 1 Edinburgh Capitals 0

Both teams went into this one with contrasting fortune of late, Hull were without a win in eight, whilst Edinburgh had won four of their last five. In the end it was a solitary goal from the Stingrays that gave Coach Sylvain Cloutier some belated Christmas cheer.

The only goal of the game came in the first period as Jereme Tendler was on hand to convert a 5 on 3 powerplay at 11.33.

Both teams did have chances throughout the rest of the game but both goaltenders were playing out of their skin. The Capitals pulled Hiadlovsky in the last minute to try and get the equaliser. However, Bowns in the home net was not to be denied his first ever EIHL shut out.

Period Scores:
Hull            1+0+0=1
Edinburgh  0+0+0=0

Penalty Minutes:
Hull            2+0+7=9
Edinburgh  6+4+5=15

Shots on:
Ben Bowns             9+7+8=24
Tomas Hiadlovsky 16+10+15=41

Hull            1/5
Edinburgh  0/2

Andy Carson
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Sheffield Steelers 9 Nottingham Panthers 4

Table toppers Nottingham were brought back down to earth in the House of Steel as Sheffield gained revenge for their penalty shot loss in Nottingham last night. 

The hosts opened the scoring with a goal from recent signing Chris Frank at 8.10. However, they only held onto the lead for just over a minute, as Matthew Myers got the Panthers back on level terms at 9.25. Two goals in as many minutes from the Steelers gave them a two goal lead at the first break. Ashley Tait was on the mark at 15.34 and then Tyler Michel added another at 17.16.

The Steelers went one better at the start of the second period with two goals 28 seconds apart. Drew Fata added a fourth at 20.50 and then Ashley Tait with his second of the game at 21.08 saw the home team go nap. The visitors pulled one back at 24.35 with a strike from Pat Galivan. Ashley Tait then completed his hat trick at 35.22 and before the end of the period the teams exchanged goals with David Clarke netting for the Panthers at 38.05 and then Rod Sarich completed the second period scoring at 38.39.

Two further goals from the hosts put them well in control as Tyler Michel scored at 46.15 and then Jonathan Phillips found the net at 47.04. A second goal of the game late on from Pat Galivan at 58.37 was no more than a mere consolation.

Period Scores:
Sheffield      3+4+2=9
Nottingham  1+2+1=4

Penalty Minutes:
Sheffield      0+2+16=18
Nottingham  27+2+12=41

Shots on:
John DeCaro       16+13+4=33
Craig Kowalski     8+9+0=17
Dan Green           0+0+6=6

Sheffield      1/4
Nottingham  0/3

Mike Hicks



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