Highlights: Braehead Clan vs Belfast Giants 31/10/15 – Challenge Cup

Braehead Clan vs Belfast Giants 31/10/15 – Challenge Cup

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Braehead Clan took a Challenge Cup point, but lost on penalty shots after going the distance with Belfast Giants in this Halloween thriller.

Matt Nickerson opened the scoring for the visitors with a well struck shot that beat Clan netminder Chris Holt at his top corner.

But Alex Leavitt drew the home side level when he finished the third of three chances, eventually getting the better of Giants goalie Stephen Murphy.

Great work from Thomas Nesbitt, skating in from the right and completing the move, gave Braehead the lead early in the second period.

Then Scott Pitt applied a tap in after Murphy was forced to move from his crease to deny Chris Bruton and a two goal gulf was opened up.

However Mike Forney’s shot on the powerplay rang off the inside of the post and dropped into the goal as Belfast began to close the gap.

Brendan Brooks was awarded a penalty shot after he was impeded going through on Murphy, but the chance went wide.

Then the Giants snuck an equaliser as Adam Keefe’s shot went through the five-hole, leaving Holt beaten and the game was tied at 3-3 after two.

Both teams couldn’t be separated after regulation time and overtime, with penalty shots needed to establish a winner.

And it was the visitors who took both points as Colin Shields and James Desmarais successfully scored their one-on-ones.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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