Elite League: Belfast Giants 5-2 Manchester Storm

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Elite League: Belfast Giants 5-2 Manchester Storm

Blair Riley and Colin Shields netted doubles as Belfast Giants secured an Elite League victory over Manchester Storm at the SSE Arena.

The host were 3-0 in front after the opening 16 minutes with Michael Forney, Riley and Colin Shields on target.

Trevor Johnson pulled one back at the end of the first period but Riley restored the three-goal advantage three minutes into the second period.

Adam Harding make it 4-2 before Shields scored in the final seconds.

The victory takes Belfast three points clear of third-placed Sheffield Steelers, who were beaten 4-1 by Coventry Blaze on Saturday night.

The Giants are seven points behind leaders Cardiff Devils but their title challenge has faded, with the focus now on the play-offs.

Next up for the Giants are home league matches against Nottingham Panthers next Friday and Sunday.

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