Belfast Giants (7) 4 - 2 (5) Manchester Phoenix
Well that says it all really, the Phoenix second shot at some silverware ended the way the first did! This time we did score first and looked to be doing ok, but an early Giants goal in the third, about 40 odd seconds in, took the wind out of the Phoenix sails and the Giants never looked back!
Im still gutted, our little team has come so close to two cups and yet fallen at the last hurdle. I just hope the Phoenix can come back and knock over the Panthers, we deserve something for our season!
I cannot fault the guys effort, by all accounts they kept fighting to the end. Im just gutted they have nothing to show for it! We could blame the ref but that would not solve anything, the Phoenix have just suffered from our March madness. Too many fixtures in one month have just meant our third period is usually run on fumes! For this reason I worry about our playoff chances against the Panthers. I think for the 1st and 2nd periods of both games we will compete with them, but I do worry about our legs in the third!
If the hockey gods can smile on us at least once this season, please let it be now!
Anyway to all you out there in readerland, have a great weekend, enjoy the hockey and ill see you in Nottingham!
The Boys done us proud.