Giants take big win over Steelers in second clash

A little Giants fan enjoys the celebrations up close. Credit: Presseye
  • Belfast Giants 5 - 1 Sheffield Steelers

By Victoria Steveley

The Belfast Giants split the weekend points with the Sheffield Steelers after a big 5-1 home win in another feisty clash on Saturday night.

The game quickly looked set to be played with same hot-tempered intensity as the previous night.

The Giants’ Brendan Connolly and the Steelers’ Davy Phillips took roughing penalties after clashing less than two minutes in.

Then the visitors had Andreas Jamtin – who scored twice on Friday night – booted from the game.

Andreas Jamtin lays into David Rutherford before being ejected. Credit: Presseye

He was penalised for hooking and fighting after jumping David Rutherford while he was down on the ice, with the game misconduct added to his two and five-minute penalties.

Unlike the last time out, it was the Giants that opened the scoring mid-way through that first period.

Colin Shields got the goal, before Rutherford added another seconds later.

Rudy celebrates scoring for the Giants. Credit: Presseye

The Steelers ran into more penalty trouble when Miika Franssila was handed a 2+10 for a check from behind.

And the Giants forged ahead with a goal from Jonathan Ferland, assisted by Shields – getting his 600th point as a Belfast player – and Connolly.

In the second period, Rutherford got his second goal of the game - with a sweet finish of an assist from Giants captain Blair Riley – to give the Giants a comfortable 4-0 lead.

With Jackson Whistle making some big saves in the Belfast net, the Steelers had to wait until almost mid-way through the third to open their goal account courtesy of Ben O’Connor.

The second clash between the sides was almost as fiery as the first. Credit: Presseye

But, it wasn’t nearly enough – especially with Shields on hand to capitalise on an unfortunate move by the Steelers' O'Connor.

The Giants' all-time leading scorer grabbed another goal to put the icing on the 5-1 win.

Splitting the points with their rivals was crucial for the Giants as their league campaign continues.

Giants legend Colin Shields scored his side's fifth goal of the game. Credit: Presseye

They are, however, next in action in their Challenge Cup quarter-final second leg game against the Fife Flyers on Tuesday night at 7pm.

The sides are locked at 3-3 after the first leg in Scotland last month.