The Stena Line Belfast Giants returned to winning ways with a dominant 6-4 victory over the Nottingham Panthers. Sunday’s Elite League and Erhardt Conference win at The SSE Arena sees the Giants keep up their chase for the conference title, overtaking the Cardiff Devils into first place.
A man of the match performance from Darcy Murphy, two goals and one assist, helped the Challenge Cup Champions claim the two conference points on offer.
Murphy Breaks Deadlock
The Giants got off to the best possible start when Darcy Murphy scored unassisted after only 1:54 to net the only goal of the first period.
Giants Take Control In Middle Period
Sebastien Sylvestre doubled the lead for the home side at 25:45, assisted by Steve Saviano.
However the Panthers got on the scoreboard at 27:53 when Mark Derlago scored, assisted by Evan Mosey.
Darcy Murphy restored the hosts two goal advantage at 28:49 with a powerplay strike, assisted by Brendan Connolly and Spiro Goulakos.
Brendan Connolly finished off a beautiful Giants move right at the end of the middle period to give the Belfast side a 4-1 lead. Darcy Murphy carried the puck into the Panthers zone and dished the puck to Blair Riley who setup Connolly for the goal at 39:40.
Nottingham Fightback Not Enough
A pinpoint Spiro Goulakos pass found Colin Shields at the backpost and the Giants all-time leading scores fired home for a 5-1 lead at 41:00.
Brett Perlini scored the visitors’ second of the game at 47:55 with a powerplay effort, assisted by Jeff Brown and Mike Vaskivuo,
Luke Pither scored the second Panthers goal in quick succession with an unassisted strike at 48:34 to pull Nottingham to within two.
Tim Billingsley pulled another back for the Panthers at 58:34, assisted by Mike Vaskivuo.
Brendan Connolly made sure of the Giants win with an empty net finish, assisted by Blair Riley, at 59:02.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 6-4 Nottingham Panthers
Giants Man of the Match
#15 Darcy Murphy (2 Goals + 1 Assist)
The Giants return to action again on Wednesday with a road game against the Fife Flyers. Next at home are back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday against the Cardiff Devils and Fife Flyers respectively.
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