Beskorowany backstops Belfast to Blaze victory
A big netminding display by Tyler Beskorowany helped the Belfast Giants to a 4-2 win over the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze at the Skydome Arena.
Despite outshooting their opponents 34 to 32 over the course of the game, the Blaze struggled to find a way past the Giants’ 6ft 4" Canadian netminder.
The Blaze were without British forward Ross Venus, who is expected to miss six to eight weeks after sustaining an injury against the Nottingham Panthers on Saturday night, while the Giants line-up was missing GB all-time leading scorer Colin Shields and former NHL defenceman Jim Vandermeer.
Blaze took an early lead when Ben Lake notched his sixth goal of the season at 3.22, but the Giants were soon back on level terms with Darcy Murphy (5.27) following up his hat-trick the previous night against Milton Keynes with their opening goal of the night.
The first period ended with the Giants’ Jonathan Ferland and Coventry’s Lake both serving five-minute penalties for fighting and Belfast’s Guillaume Gelinas receiving 2+10 for boarding as the period drew to a close.
Belfast took the lead in the second period through a goal from former NHLer Patrick Dwyer (26.53), but a sustained period of pressure from the Blaze, which saw Beskorowany pull off a number of good saves, finally ended with a deserved goal as Nicolai Bryhnisveen (34.40) put the Blaze back on level terms, rifling home a slapshot on a powerplay following a pass from Blaze Man of the Match and Player of the Month for September Lake.
However, the scores stayed level for less than a minute-and-a-half with the Giants scoring twice in a 71-second spell through Blair Riley (36.00) and Kyle Baun (37.11).
The final period saw the Blaze call a timeout and pull netminder Miroslav Kopriva as they searched for a way back into the game but the Giants held firm, with Beskorowany named their Man of the Match.