The Stena Line Belfast Giants lost their first game in the 2018/19 Challenge Cup, falling to a 4-2 defeat on Sunday to the Fife Flyers. Sunday’s defeat follows Saturday 4-2 loss in Fife in league action.
The Giants twice reduced a two goal deficit by one however could not find a way past the Flyers and netminder Shane Owen in the final period. Stephen Murphy started in the Giants net with Jonathan Boxill, Matt Towe and Tyler Beskorowany missing for the hosts.
Flyers Take Early Lead
Brett Bulmer continued his fine form this season when he opened the scoring after 2:48, assisted by Evan Bloodoff.
Carlin Finucci doubled the visitors lead at 9:25 when squeezed the puck home, assisted by Evan Stoflet.
Kyle Baun pulled one back for the Giants, assisted by Pat Dwyer and Dustin Johner, at 11:28.
Even Middle Period
Fife extended their lead to two goals at 27:01 when Bulmer scooped the puck into the back of the Giants net while on a breakaway.
The Giants then reduced the deficit to one again, this time it was Pat Dwyer who fed the puck to Dustin Johner in front of the net who found Kyle Baun at the back post to slot home at 30:33.
Flyers Hold Out
Shane Owen starred in the final period for Fife, keeping the Giants at bay in a man of the match performance. Paul Crowder guaranteed the away win for the Flyers with an empty net goal at 59:49.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 2-4 Fife Flyers
Giants Man of the Match
#12 Kyle Baun
The Giants face the Dundee Stars at home on Friday night in the league before making a return trip to Scotland for an away game also against the Stars on Saturday.
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