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Giants defeat Blaze in shoot-out

Jeff Mason (centre)
Jeff Mason (centre) was the Giants hero in the shoot-out

Belfast Giants beat Coventry Blaze in a shoot-out after the Elite League play-offs quarter-final ended 3-3 on aggregate on Sunday night.

The teams were level at 2-2 after the first leg at the Odyssey and Russ Cowley put Coventry ahead with a goal in the first period.

Dan Welch levelled with a goal five minutes into the second period.

Belfast defenceman Jeff Mason was the only player to score in the shoot-out to send the Giants through.

The Giants now advance to the Final Four in Nottingham where they will face the Cardiff Devils in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The other game sees the Sheffield Steelers play the Nottingham Panthers with the two winners to face-off next Sunday in the climax to the ice hockey season.

Doug Christiansen's side will be defending their title - they defeated the Devils in last year's final.

Giants netminder Stephen Murphy and his Blaze counterpart Brett Jaeger excelled in the second leg.

In sudden death overtime the Giants had to kill a penalty and then failed to capitalise with a man advantage of their own.

So to penalties and Mason scored first and despite misses by Welch and Craig Peacock the three Blaze shooters Greg Owen, Luke Fulghum and Greg Chambers all failed to hit the target.

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see also
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Panthers hold lead in cup final
09 Mar 11 |  Ice Hockey

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