Pinguins Claim Saturday Win In Entertaining Exhibition Clash
The Stena Line Belfast Giants lost out narrowly in Saturday’s exhibition game against Fischtown Pinguins with the German DEL side skating out 4-3 winners. The Giants came off the back of a week long training camp in Belfast while their German opposition has been preparing for their season for a longer period of time.
Chris Higgins and Blair Riley did not ice for the Giants while former Giant Matt Towe and 19-year-old Stephen Eccles from Belfast iced for the home side.
Bronson Maschmeyer opened the scoring three minutes into the first period with Marian Dejdar doubling the visitors lead a few minutes later.
Michael Forney pulled a goal back for the Giants at 16:04 with the powerplay strike assisted by Derrick Walser and new signing Steve Saviano.
The two sides could not be separated in an end-to-end second period at The SSE Arena with the Giants trailing by one going into the final 20 minutes.
Despite the Giants piling the pressure on their visitors, it was the Pinguins who extended their lead to 3-1 as defenceman Wade Bergman scored his side’s third powerplay goal of the night at 44:58.
Little under five minutes later and the home side were back to within one goal as David Rutherford scored even-strength at 49:54, assisted by Steve Saviano and James Desmarais.
The gloves came off at 51:08 as Adam Keefe and Mike Moore went toe-to-toe in the Pinguins zone.
At 52:18, Marian Dejdar gave the Fischtown side a two goal cushion with an even-strength effort however the Giants were not done yet. Head Coach Derrick Walser gave the Giants late hope with a slapshot on the powerplay at 55:38.
However the home side were unable to force overtime and the Fischtown Pinguins took the win on the first of two weekend games in Belfast. Both sides return to action again on Sunday face-off 4pm at The SSE Arena.
â€” Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) August 21, 2016