Elite League: Belfast Giants 4-6 Edinburgh Capitals

Mark Garside scores for the Giants against Edinburgh at the Odyssey
Mark Garside scores for the Giants against Edinburgh at the Odyssey

Belfast Giants slumped to a 6-4 defeat by the Edinburgh Capitals in Saturday's Elite League game at the Odyssey.

It was a fourth straight loss for the Giants, a run of form that has seen them drop out of the championship race.

Nathan Robinson scored twice for the Giants on his home debut with Mark Garside also netting a double.

But it wasn't enough as Daniel Naslund and Rene Jarolin each grabbed two goals for the Scottish side with Greg Collins and Richard Hartman also on target.

The result left Steve Thornton's side adrift in fifth place, now nine points behind the Braehead Clan as they prepare to face the Sheffield Steelers at home on Sunday.

The Capitals ended a 24-game losing streak in Belfast dating back to December 2006.

Belfast made the better start to the game and took the lead on the powerplay at 7:01 when Ray Sawada's cross ice pass was converted by Robinson on the one-timer from the right circle.

Nathan Robinson (right) celebrates his first goal while making his home debut
Nathan Robinson (right) celebrates his first goal but his home debut ended in defeat

However, the Capitals hit back and scored twice to move ahead before the end of the first period with goals from Jarolin at 12:22 and Naslund at 18:54 when he knocked in a rebound on an Edinburgh powerplay.

Naslund was on target again at 22:05 to make it a two-goal game and with Giants coach Thornton juggling line combinations in an attempt to find some chemistry, his side was struggling.

He moved Garside alongside Robinson and Sawada and the Scot responded by scoring at 30:28.

The joy from the home fans was short lived as Collins netted with the man advantage just over two minutes later and the Capitals led 4-2 heading into the final 20 minutes.

Robinson's superb solo effort at 49:28, when he somehow created the space to fire home while faced by four Capitals, briefly raised the hopes of the home crowd.

But the comeback was never completed and late strikes from Hartman and Jarolin with the empty netter sealed a famous victory for Edinburgh.

Garside's second of the game as time expired was merely a consolation.

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