The Belfast Giants bounced back from defeat at the hands of Glasgow Clan to beat Manchester Storm in their second road game of the weekend.
The Giants were disappointed to lose out 4-2 to the Clan on Saturday, but didn’t start out on the right note in Sunday’s game either.
Two goals in the first five minutes from the Storm – courtesy of Evan Richardson and Luke Moffatt – but Adam Keefe’s side on the back foot.
But the Giants turned things around when David Rutherford got them on the scoreboard, while a Dustin Johner slapshot brought them back level.
Darcy Murphy then netted a powerplay effort, and his first of four goals on the night, to put the Belfast team 3-2 out in front before the break.
The Storm drew level again in the middle period, with another goal from Richardson.
But two more goals for Belfast from Murphy rounded out his hat-trick and put his side 5-3 in front.
A shorthanded effort from Manchester’s Ciaran Long brought the hosts back within touching distance – and a 5+game penalty for Belfast’s Hunter Bishop put the Giants under pressure.
But they withstood the challenge, and Murphy’s fourth goal sealed the 6-4 result and the points.It comes after that defeat in Scotland the previous night, when goals from Bishop and Murphy weren’t enough to best the Clan.
A brace for former Giant Craig Peacock, plus a goal from Zack Fitzgerald, put Glasgow in front – before Travis Ehrhardt’s empty-netter ensured the Clan’s 4-2 home win.
The Giants still sit top of the Elite League standings, although second-placed Cardiff Devils have games in hand.
Next up are back-to-back home games for the Giants, taking on Manchester Storm at the SSE Arena on both Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December.