Giants Take Control Of Cup Semi Final With 7-1 Win
The Stena Line Belfast Giants posted an impressive 7-1 lead in the 1st Leg of the Challenge Cup Semi-Final against the Cardiff Devils. The return leg takes place next Wednesday in Cardiff and the Giants will be determined to make in into the Challenge Cup Final for the first time since 2012.
Giants wasted no time in taking control of the game and were ahead after only 49 seconds with Evan Cheverie on target. Giantsâ€™ first powerplay chance brought them goal number two as Kevin Saurette fired home at 3.08. It was a poor start for Devils but they regained composure and there was to be no additional scoring in that opening session.
Devils were still competing well in period two and pulled one back at 27.43 with Andrew Lord scoring shorthanded but Giants soon regained their two-goal advantage at 36.38 as Colin Shields fired past Kamil Kosowski.
An early shorthanded strike at 43.03 by Craig Peacock for Giants must have deflated the visitors as they went 4-1 behind but they held that position until late on when Giants scored three times in the final six minutes to almost put the tie out of reach. Peacock scored his second at 54.55 on the powerplay, Dustin Whitecotton made it 6-1 at 58.29 and salt was rubbed in to the Devils wound with 16 seconds of regulation remaining as Shields added a seventh.
Period Scores: 2-0, 1-1, 4-0
Penalty Mins: Bel 7+4+2=13, Car 9+4+2=15
Powerplay: Bel 2/5, Car 0/4
Shots On: Stephen Murphy 9+9+12=30, Kamil Kosowski 14+11+16=41
Referee: Michael Hicks
GOAL GOAL GOAL!! The Giants score THREE quick fire goals to leave the final score at: Belfast Giants 7-1 Cardiff Devils
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) January 28, 2014