Giants Take 3 Goal Advantage Into Cup Final 2nd Leg
After the first leg of the Challenge Cup Final the Belfast Giants will take a three goal lead into next Tuesdayâ€™s second leg. Nottingham, who have won the trophy for the last four seasons have it all to do. In the last four finals they have always taken a lead into the second leg. This time they will go into the return as underdogs with a three goal deficit.
The hosts had the better of the play in the first period as they outshot their opponents 14-4 and two special team goals from Craig Peacock gave the Giants a two goal lead. He netted his first at 7.14 whilst his team were shorthanded and then on the powerplay at 19.11.
Belfast increased their lead early in the second period as Jeffery Szwez was on target at 22.43. The visitors got their first of the night less than a minute later as Robert Farmer scored at 23.53. Fourteen seconds later the Giants restored their three goal lead with a strike from Colin Shields 24.07. The hosts made it 5-1 at 28.25 with a goal from Darryl Lloyd. However, straight from the face off the Panthers went up the other end and netted their second of the game as Jonathan Weaver was on target at 28.31.
Both teams had chances in the third period but neither of them could add to their goal tally as the period ended goalless.Greg Jacina of the Panthers received a 2 plus 10 at 59.06 for checking to the head.