Credit: Tony Sargent
Giants make it two from two over Lightning
Giants Strike Lightning Twice With Second Weekend Win
The Stena Line Belfast Giants made it two wins over the Milton Keynes Lightning in as many nights with a 5-1 Saturday victory. The Giants, playing a three game road weekend, saw goals from Bishop, Riley, Rutherford and Johner (2) make it four points from four so far this weekend.
The Giants started with Tyler Beskorowany in goal and were missing Colin Shields, Pat Dwyer, Matt Towe, Jim Vandermeer and Andrew Dickson.
Giants Take Control In MK
After a scoreless opening period on Friday - the Giants started Saturday’s game well and were clinical in the first period. Firstly it was Hunter Bishop who gave the visitors the lead at 5:33 with a powerplay strike, assisted by Kyle Baun.
Captain Blair Riley doubled the Belfast lead at 11:49 with a cool finish after Guillaume Gelinas’ shot cannoned off the post.
Lightning’s Trevor Morbeck pulled one back for the home side with 80 seconds remaining in the period, assisted by Tim Wallace and Owen Griffiths.
Belfast Double Extends Advantage
David Rutherford restored the Giants two goal lead at 29:39, assisted by Blair Riley, with a fine finish at the back post.
It what was almost a carbon-copy of the third goal - Dustin Johner made it 4-1 at 33:20 after Josh Roach picked out the forward at the back post.
Johner’s Second Seals Road Win
Dustin Johner posted his second goal of the game at 55:34 when he fired top shelf past Patrick Killeen in the Lightning goal, assisted by Kyle Baun and Hunter Bishop.
Giants Man of the Match:
#21 Francis Beauvillier