Elgin Pearce gets off to a winning start with Belfast Giants

Forward Elgin Pearce will continue his Elite League season with Belfast Giants (PHOTO: Derek Black)

Elgin Pearce joined the Belfast Giants on the 20th of December, following the departure of forward Patryk Wronka.

And it didn’t take him long to make his mark two days later, getting off to a winning start with his new team. The Belfast Giants are next in action against Glasgow Clan on the 27th, and it is easy to find several great betting promotions online if you’re looking to place a bet.

Pearce, 27, joined the Belfast Giants from Dundee Stars, after registering twelve goals and thirteen assists before joining. The Canadian had big boots to fill as the man he replaced, Patryk Wronka, had posted six goals and eleven assists in thirty-seven games following his move to the Giants in May.

Speaking following his move, Pearce said he had been “impressed” when playing against Belfast during his time with Dundee. The Canadian also described the arena as “world-class.” He went on to add, “When I am playing gritty and with an edge – I play my best hockey. I am always looking to spark either myself or my teammates with my game. I am looking to come in and show my offensive game and help put pucks in the back of the net.”

It didn’t take Pearce long to show what he’s all about, two days in fact, as the Belfast Giants righted the wrongs of their defeat against Cardiff by recording a 3-1 win over the Fife Flyers. Pearce scored the first goal of his Belfast Giants career, with Jordan Smotherman on hand to double the Giant’s advantage in the third period.

Pearce also showed his prowess when it comes to assists too, as the Canadian put Bobby Farnham in to add the Giant’s third strike of the game, which secured victory. It was undoubtedly a fantastic way to announce your arrival to your teammates and supporters.

Daniel Gauthier did manage to pull a goal back for the Fife Flyers, but the 3-0 advantage earned, mostly thanks to Elgin Pearce, was never going to be in reach. Gauthier’s strike was nothing more than a consolation goal for his team, who stay in eighth place in the Elite League.

You could say that Shane Owen, the Giants’ netminder, is the player they had to thank for the victory, rather than new signing Pearce. The opening period proved difficult, and the Giants had to deal with an onslaught by the Fife Flyers. But Owen managed to keep them at bay as his team looked to get a foothold in the game and find their rhythm.

Then Pearce, in his second appearance for his new team, calmed the nerves of Adam Keefe’s outfit, giving them the control they had been looking for since the beginning. Smotherman and Farnham’s strikes at the beginning of the final period ensured victory was in the bag. And while there wasn’t a shut-out, it was a comfortable win in the end.

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