Giants win in Dundee 4-1
The Stena Line Belfast Giants won their sixth game out of their last seven road trips encounters making their title contention look very real.
†Belfast hard fought 4-1 victory against the hard charging Dundee Stars over the weekend means they now moving clear of the following pack. As well as a result of the dual League and Challenge Cup game the victory for the Giants means they to advance to the Quarter Finals in the Cup.
As group A winner, the Belfast Giants will take on Group Bís 4th placed team, which is the Hull Stingrays. The teams will face-off home and away with the winner decided on aggregate score. Dates of the match-up yet to be announenced
Meanwhile in league play the Giants moved five points clear and can now look down from the top of the Elite League after another the hard fought road victory.
Belfast’s Jeffery Szwez opens the Giants scoring in Dundee
Kevin Philips nets the Giants eventual winner in Dundee
It was that man Jeffrey Szwez who started the ball rolling followed by Kevin Phillips who scored the eventual winner, leaving Craig Peacock to score the insurance goal and Chris Higgins to add one more to prove their victory plus the two points in regulation time.
Belfast’s Craig Peacock nets the third goal in 4-1 victory over the Stars
Three goals in the opening ten minutes showed the Starís fan the Giants meant business. The Stars played hard with their go to guy, Nico Sacchetti, scoring early in the second period to give Dundee hope.
Giants Chris Higgins netts the Giants fourth goal in the 4-1 victory in Dundee
However the Giants werenít going to be undone with Chris Higgins restoring the three-goal margin for Belfast at the halfway mark of the period and game.
Both the game and the win was crucial for the league leaders as they outshot the Stars 45 shots to 25, which illustrated their determination.
The Giants puck-stopper Stephen Murtphy was once again in top form
Belfastís goalie, Stephen Murphy, and ex-Dundee player was ever so sharp between the Belfastís pipes readying himself for the big clash in Nottingham on Tuesday night between the Panthers and Giants.
Former Belfast Giants power forward Jeff Hutchins and now Head Coach of the Dundee Stars stated after the match.
” Yes I was dissappointed with the result. We didn’t show the same committment and effort as we did in our game on Friday night and it certainly showed. We knew they would come hard in the first period of the game and they certainly did.
Yes we had chances ourself but the Giants buried their opportunities and we didn’t. Two or three costly mistakes cost us in the first ten minutes of the game we found ourselves three goals down.
The Giants are a good team and very disciplined which made it difficult to come back. In periods two and three we played even to the Giants and as hard as we tried in the third period Stephen Murphy in the Giants goal proved why he is the number one goalie in the league. Concluded Hutchins
Written by Wayne Hardman