Elite League: Belfast Giants 4-0 Fife Flyers

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Belfast Giants celebrate victory over Fife Flyers

Belfast Giants moved into second place in the Elite League with a comfortable shutout of the Fife Flyers at the SSE Arena on Friday night.

The goals were scored by Blair Riley, Colin Shields, Brandon Benedict and Ryan Martinelli.

Belfast netminder Stephen Murphy made 23 saves against the Scots.

The Giants are eight points behind leaders Cardiff Devils with two games in hand ahead of the clash between the sides in Belfast on Saturday.

Belfast dominated the first period and scored two deserved powerplay goals - the opener came at 4:44 when Riley redirected Jim Vandermeer's blueline shot past Fife netminder Shane Owen.

Shields on target

The hosts doubled their advantage at 16:24 when Shields picked his spot over the glove hand of Owen and into the top corner.

Fife were much better in the middle 20 minutes but were unable to find a way past the impressive Murphy, backed up by disciplined team defence.

As the seconds ticked down to the second intermission, Shields was denied another goal by a pad save from Owen on a partial breakaway.

The Giants added to their tally at 44:11 when, despite having Adam Keefe in the penalty box, they scored shorthanded with Steve Saviano setting up Benedict to execute the perfect two-on-one breakout.

The fourth goal was the best of the game as Saviano and Mike Forney's one touch passes found Martinelli, who completed the tic-tac-toe play at 48:29.