Giants Star In Comeback As Dundee Take Shootout Win
The Stena Line Belfast Giants staged another dramatic comeback to earn a deserved point in Dundee on Sunday. The Dundee Stars took the win 5-4, after Penalty Shots, however the Giants came from 4-1 down to draw level and take the game to overtime.
Sunday’s point gives the Giants a three point weekend following Saturday’s impressive 3-2 comeback win in Cardiff after trailing 2-0 against the league leaders. Belfast now trail Cardiff by three points with the Devils having played one game less.
Stephen Murphy started in net for the Giants with Ryan Martinelli and Mark Garside the Belfast side’s scratches in Dundee.
The home side took an early lead as Mikael Lidhammar, assisted by Cale Tanaka, broke the deadlock after 3:21.
Less than four minutes later and the Stars doubled their lead. This time it was Kevin Bruijsten who netted for the hosts, assisted by Kevin Hart and Vinny Scarsella at 7:19.
Jim Vandermeer pulled one back for the Giants at the end of the first period when he ripped a slapshot into the back of the Dundee net at 18:11, assisted by Michael Forney and Jeff Mason.
However the Giants joy was short-lived as the Stars extended the lead to two goals once again as Kevin Bruijsten posted his second goal of the game at 19:07, assisted by Vinny Scarsella.
The Dundee side were almost out of sight in the second period when, against the run of play, Vinny Scarsella scored a penalty shot he was awarded at 32:19.
With only 55 seconds of the middle period remaining, Derrick Walser scored shorthanded, assisted by Blair Riley to bring the Giants to within two goals of their hosts.
The Giants scored their second shorthanded goal of the game when Blair Riley fired home, assisted by Michael Forney, with only 76 seconds of the final period gone.
Blair Riley netted again, this time at 57:47 and assisted by Chris Higgins, to complete the comeback for the Giants by tieing the game at 4-4 and sending it into overtime.
Both sides had chances to win the game in the overtime period, only to find netminders Murphy and Fallon in impressive form.
Indeed the Giants were unable to find a way past Fallon in the shootout with Rutherford, Higgins and Riley all denied by the Stars netminder. Michael Lidhammar scored the game winning goal for Dundee with his first penalty shot squeezing past Murphy and into the Giants net to give the home side the extra point.
The Giants now return home for back-to-back home games at The SSE Arena. On Friday 20th January the Giants face the Nottingham Panthers with the Dundee Stars the opponents the following night on Saturday 21st January – both games face-off at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now online through Ticketmaster and from the Arena Box Office in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074.
Dundee Stars 5-4 Stena Line Belfast Giants (After Penalty Shots)
Giants Man of the Match
#25 Blair Riley
Photos: Derek Black
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The Stena Line Belfast Giants pickup a point after trailing 4-1.@DundeeStars win in a shootout.
Stars 5-4 Giants (PS)
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