A solid defensive play saw the puck cleared and hotly pursued by an aggressive fore-checking
pressure by Devils allowed Alex Stanton-Lewis to keep the puck inside the blueline and Kieran Latchford set up Owen Griffiths at the back post with a blind back pass, for the simplest of finishes.
Tonight we were playing for each other and with a hard fore-checking
game that gave us the edge.
Ward praised Davison for his performance, saying: "Ben did very well, he was not intimidated, he covered the ice very well, his fore-checking
was good and he showed great stamina."
While the Giants trademark game is the North American way of fore-checking
hard and recycling the puck, the Capitals rely on speed and crashing the net.
I may not be a skilled guy, but I can certainly give a lot to the team in terms of fore-checking
presence and hard work.
In front of an expectant crowd, the Sharks, sponsored by Building Craftsmen Dumfries, took to the ice looking strong and were quick off the mark with good fore-checking
from Mulcahy created another chance, but once again, the Sheffield netminder was up to the task.
by Jeff Hoad and Colin Ward set up Rod Stevens.
The positive fore-checking
from both sides continued and the Pirates capitalised from a loose puck next with Dean Hamilton stealing in off the blue line to intercept a pass around the boards and square to Felix Huber to tie the game at 1-1.
Had one side scored, it might have been a different affair, but strong fore-checking
by both teams saw possession switch without either camp really building up any sustained pressure.
Neal Martin followed with an unassisted goal from the point at 16.02 after some good fore-checking
by David Kaczowka led to a mistake by the Bison defence.