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Murphy, Roach & Boxill Strike Lighting Twice For Third Weekend Win

Two goals each for Darcy Murphy, Josh Roach and Jonathan Boxill propelled the Stena Line Belfast Giants to a 9-2 decision on the road against the Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday.

Stephen Murphy backstopped the Giants to the win with D.Murphy, Roach and Boxill joined on the scoresheet by Pat Dwyer, Blair Riley and Chris Higgins.

Sunday’s victory made it three Elite League wins in as many nights following home wins on Friday and Saturday over the Fife Flyers.

Over the weekend, the Belfast side have reduced the first placed Devils lead from eleven points to five with both sides having 20 games remaining.

Darcy’s Double Give Belfast First Period Lead

The Giants came flying out of the traps and took a deserved early lead through Darcy Murphy who pounced on his own rebound to slot home, assisted by Dustin Johner and Jim Vandermeer at 2:08.

The Lightning hit back little over 10 minutes later on the powerplay through Georgs Golokovs, asissted by Michael Fine and Tim Wallace at 12:15.

Darcy Murphy posted his and his team’s second of the game at 17:54 with a powerplay goal of his own. Jim Vandermeer offloaded the puck to Murphy whose fierce wrist shot flew into the roof of the Lightning goal.

Giants Take Control In Middle Period

The Giants started the second period in the same fashion as the first. Pat Dwyer picked up the in the Belfast zone from Chris Higgins, skated the puck down the wing and unleashed his effort into the top corner after only 18 seconds.

Josh Roach gave the visitors a three goal advantage at 35:03 with a quick shot from the blueline after Curtis Leonard skated the puck around the net and offloaded to his defence partner.

Roach doubled his tally on the night at 39:07, again assisted by Curtis Leonard, only this time it was a slapshot from the blueline by the Giants defenceman.

Giants Complete Dominant Road Win

Giants Captain Blair Riley finished off a sweeping Giants move early in the final period, assisted by Darcy Murphy and Paul Swindlehurst, firing past Killeen at 45:13.

At 47:53, it was 7-1 – this time Jonathan Boxill battled hard in front of the Lightning net to slot home.

Chris Higgins gave the visitors a seven goal advantage at 53:55 when he stick handled around the Lightning defence and slid the puck past Adam Goss in the Milton Keynes net.

The hosts pulled one back at 54:09 when Michael Fine, assisted by Ryan Lannon, skated the puck into the Giants zone and ripped a wrist shot high into the Belfast net.

Jonathan Boxill grabbed his second of the game and his side’s final effort of the night at 57:06, following up on Colin Shields’ rebound to fire home and round off an emphatic Giants road win.

Final Score
Milton Keynes Lightning 2-9 Stena Line Belfast Giants

Giants Player of the Game
#15 Darcy Murphy (2 Goals + 1 Assist)

Photography
Tony Sargent

Next Up?

Next up for Belfast is the Challenge Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg away against the Glasgow Clan on Tuesday, face-off 7:30pm. The 2nd Leg takes place Thursday 14th February in Belfast.

The Giants next home games are this Saturday and Sunday against the Coventry Blaze and Nottingham Panthers respectively. Both games face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena and tickets are now on sale online from ticketmaster.ie as well as from the Arena Box Office, in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074.