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Giants Late Show In Belfast Takes Challenge Cup Points

The Stena Line Belfast Giants left it late to claim the two Challenge Cup points on offer with Derrick Walser’s game winning goal coming at 56:11 as the hosts won 4-1 against the Braehead Clan. Walter’s goal gave the Giants a 2-1 lead with Mitch Ganzak and Colin Shields following up with empty net goals.

Saturday’s game at The SSE Arena, Belfast started with all five teams in Challenge Cup Group A tied on four points in what is shaping up to be a tight season. The visitors opened the scoring with Thomas Nesbitt scoring past Stephen Murphy at 17:10 to send Clan’s large travelling support wild.

The second period was a scrappy affair with nine penalties called during a the 20 minutes of play, however it was the home side who livened things up with James Desmarais pulling the Giants level on the night at 37:35, scoring with a fine shot when one-on-one with Chris Holt in the Braehead goal.

The third period was end-to-end and the Giants were forced into a impressive penalty kill while Derrick Walser sat in the penalty box for four minutes. It was the player/coach himself who got the go-ahead goal, scoring on the powerplay at 56:11 to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

Mitch Ganzak added the first of insurance goals, with a shorthanded empty net effort at 59:01 and then Colin Shields was awarded a penalty goal by Referee Tom Darnell after being cynically scythed down when clean through on the empty net goal.

Final Score:
Stena Line Belfast Giants 4-1 Braehead Clan


Photograph: Andy Gibson / Blacklab Photography