Giants Win To Stay First And Play Waiting Game
The Stena Line Belfast Giants will wait to find out their Elite League destiny following Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Dundee Stars. The Giants are in first place after 60 games and a Coventry Blaze win in regulation time over the Cardiff Devils on Sunday will give Belfast a first league title since 2014. Any other result on Sunday will see the Devils crowned champions for a third straight season.
Saturday goals from Darcy Murphy (x2), Kyle Baun (x2), Jonathan Boxill & Pat Dwyer helped the Giants win their final league game of the season and remain in first place.
Tyler Beskorowany backstopped the Giants to Saturday’s win against the Stars with the home side missing Andrew Dickson, Jonathan Ferland and Guillaume Gelinas.
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) March 30, 2019
These results mean:
1 point will see @cardiffdevils win the League
Anything less = @BelfastGiants take crown
@flamesicehockey, @ClanIHC & @FifeFlyers can all still finish #⃣4⃣
@steelershockey will finish #⃣7⃣ overall
@covblazehockey will finish #⃣8⃣ overall
— EIHL (@officialEIHL) March 30, 2019
Dramatic Six Goal Opening Period
Darcy Murphy opened the scoring after only 52 seconds, slotting home from a tight angle, assisted by Blair Riley.
Charles Corcoran equalised for the Stars at 5:57, assisted by former Giant – Matt Bissonnette.
Jonathan Boxill restored the Giants lead at 8:37, assisted by Dustin Johner, before Kyle Baun extended the advantage at 9:15, also assisted by Dustin Johner.
Matt Marquardt made it a one goal game at 13:50, assisted by Johan Andersson, before Jordan Cownie tied things up at 15:45, assisted by Drydn Dow.
Giants And Stars Trade Middle Period Blows
Darcy Murphy grabbed his second of the game at 27:47, assisted by Kevin Raine before the Stars equalised yet again, this time at 37:57 through Charles Corcoran, assisted by Lukas Lundvals Nielsen and Matt Bissonnette.
Final Period Double
Pat Dwyer’s nice finish at 46:46, assisted by Darcy Murphy and Blair Riley, gave the Giants an important 5-4 lead.
Kyle Baun rounded off the scoring at 59:54 with an empty net strike, assisted by Darcy Murphy and Josh Roach.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 6-4 Dundee Stars
Giants Player of the Game
#15 Darcy Murphy (2 Goals + 2 Assists)
The Playoffs are next up for the Giants – starting with the Quarter Finals next weekend. Opponent still to be decided. The 1st Leg takes place in Belfast on Saturday 6th April, face-off 7pm – the final home game of the season.
The Giants will then travel for the 2nd Leg on Sunday 7th April. The winner of the Quarter Final will advance to the Playoff Finals weekend in Nottingham on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April.
Tickets are now on sale from the Arena Box Office in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074 as well as online from ticketmaster.ie.