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January 26, 2013

Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Belfast Giants 5 Edinburgh Capitals 0

The Giants made a fine recovery after their defeat last night at the hands of Braehead, with Garrett Zemlak picking up his third shutout in five games. By the eighth minute in the opening period the Giants had netted three goals in a three minute spell to take control of the game. Single markers in the second and third added to those three strikes in the first period without conceding gave the Giants the two points to keep the pressure on Nottingham.

The opener came from ex-Capital Mark Garside as he found the net at 4.48. The Giants doubled their lead with a powerplay goal from Craig Peacock at 6.21. Just over a minute later they were three in front as Darryl Lloyd dispatched the puck away at 7.41. Despite dominating the period the hosts could not add to their tally.

Belfast had the better of the second period but they could only get the one goal as David Phillips found the net on the 29th minute.

The hosts went nap with a shorthanded goal from Colin Shields at 45.40. After this is was a case of helping Zemlak record his shutout with their offensive unit only managing 5 shots on Hiadlovsky. They kept the Capitals at bay as Zemlak turned away all 20 shots he faced throughout the game.

Period Scores:
Belfast       3+1+1=5
Edinburgh  0+0+0=0

Penalty Minutes:
Belfast       0+4+13=17
Edinburgh 6+6+7=19

Shots on:
Garrett Zemlak        4+8+8=20
Toms Hiadlovsky  15+12+5=32

Belfast       1/5
Edinburgh  0/4

Mike Hicks
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Hull Stingrays 5 Fife Flyers 2

What a moral boosting win this was for the Stingrays, not only did it end a five game losing streak but it also lifted them from the bottom of the Gardiner Conference into third place, three points behind pacesetters Braehead. As for the Flyers this is now their fourth straight loss on the road.

The hosts went in front early in the game as Tom Squires netted at 2.18. Stingrays then doubled their lead at 8.45 with a powerplay strike from Jason Silverthorn. Although both teams had chances after this there was no more scoring and the home side went in at the break with a two goal lead.

The visitors pulled one back with a powerplay strike at 23.28 from the stick of Bobby Chaumont. However, Stingrays player/coach Sylvain Cloutier restored his sides two goal advantage at 27.52. Kris Hogg with another Flyers powerplay reduced the deficit to a single goal once again as he found the net at 32.35. However, Cloutier had the last say in the period as he netted on the powerplay at 38.45 to give Hull back their two goal advantage.

Both teams only managed six shots on goal in the third period and it was the home team that got the only marker as Dominic Osman at 49.18 scored with a shorthanded goal.

Period Scores:
Hull  2+2+1=5
Fife  0+2+0=2

Penalty Minutes:
Hull  2+8+4=14
Fife  6+8+2=16

Shots on:
Bryan Pitton  12+16+6=34
Ben Bowns    11+19+6=36

Hull  2/8
Fife  2/7

Tom Darnell
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Nottingham Panthers 8 Coventry Blaze 3

Nottingham certainly have the look of league champions. After a goalless first period and then going two behind in the second, they then went on to hit eight, with only a solitary marker from Coventry squashed in between, as they completely took control of the game, with David Clarke netting himself a hat trick..

After the first period ended goalless, no one was to know what was in store. The visitors went in front with a strike from Dustin Cameron at 22.37. They doubled their lead as Greg Leeb netted at 30.16.  Matthew Myers pulled one back for the league leaders at 34.25 and then two goals in 69 seconds turned the game around as David Clarke restored equality at  38.26 and then ex-Blaze man Jonathan Weaver put them in front at 39.35.

The goals just kept coming in the third period, Clarke got his second at 43.30 and then the Blaze got their third and last goal at 48.45 from Mike Egner. They had little time to celebrate this goal as Bruce Graham got Panthers fifth 11 seconds later. They then went on to add another two 18 seconds apart, the first of these came at 50.01 from Matt Francis and then Pat Galivan made it 7-3 at 50.19. At 56.36 David Clarke netted his hat trick as he completed the scoring.

Period Scores:
Nottingham 0+3+5=8
Coventry     0+2+1=3

Penalty Minutes:
Nottingham 6+7+4=17
Coventry     4+7+14=25

Shots on:
Craig Kowalski    9+7+4=20 - Dan Green 0+0+5=5
Peter Hirsch       16+19+9=44 - Adam Goss 0+0+5=5

Nottingham 0/3
Coventry     0/4

Dean Smith

Game Note:
Apart from scoring a goal, Jonathan Weaver also contributed with two assists.
These two assists sees him go level with Dan Carlson on all time assists. (352)
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Sheffield Steelers 5 Cardiff Devils 4

Sheffield are doing their best to hang onto Belfast and Nottingham in the quest for this year’s league title. Having lost twice to Cardiff at home already this season they could ill afford to lose this one. It may have only been a one goal game but they were always in control.

The hosts opened the scoring with a strike from Simon Ferguson on the 11th minute mark. Devils got back on level terms with a shorthanded goal from Mac Faulkner at 15.46. With the period drawing to a close Steelers went on the powerplay and Drew Fata netted at 18.02 to give them a 2-1 lead.

The visitors were back on level terms with a goal from Josh Bruce at 21.41. But then they gave up two goals in 43 seconds to fall two behind. Ashley Tait got the first of these at 32.36 and then Fata with his second of the game at 33.19 gave the home side a two goal lead at the end of the second period.

It became a one goal game as Phil Hill found the net at 53.21. With the Devils on the powerplay they pulled goaltender Whitley only to see ex-player Tylor Michel find the empty net to score a shorthanded goal at 58.51. The visitors got a late powerplay opportunity and they made this count as Faulkner got his second of the game at 59.46. But it was no more than a late consolation.

Period Scores:
Sheffield 2+2+1=5
Cardiff    1+1+2=4

Penalty Minutes:
Sheffield   2+4+6=12
Cardiff    14+6+0=20

Shots on:
John DeCaro  11+12+12=35
Chris Whitley   9+13+6=28 + 1 ENG

Sheffield 1/4
Cardiff    1/5

Andy Carson



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