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Over 2,000 fans packed our the Kirkcaldy Arena in Fife as hockey returned following the off-season with the Stena Line Belfast Giants visiting for pre-season which included a return for Matt Nickerson, a former Flyers fans favourite during his two seasons with the organisation.
It only took the game 57 seconds to post it’s first goal – with Shayne Stockton firing into the top shelf past Stephen Murphy after a nice pass by Jeff Lee. TJ Caig then doubled the Flyers’ lead at 3:12 after Kyle Haines fired home against a shellshocked Giants.
The Giants regrouped and pulled one goal back late in the 1st period with Jonathon Boxill scoring his first goal for the team at 19:39, assisted by Brandon Benedict and Mike Forney.
Soon after the the teams returned to the ice for the second period, the game was tied at 2-2 thanks to a nice finish from Derrick Walser at 22:40, assisted by Darryl Lloyd and Brandon Benedict – also a first goal for the new Player/Coach of the Giants.
Then at 32:10, the visitors took the lead – this time it was Craig Peacock who followed up on his own rebound to score on the powerplay to leave the Giants leading going into the final period.
The final period saw the Fife Flyers tie up the game thanks to a Michael Dorr powerplay goal at 49:57 with Brandon Benedict taking a two minute penalty for slashing.
Jeff Lee then put the hosts 4-3 ahead with just over six minutes remaining, however the Giants tied up the game when Chris Higgins scored at 57:37, assisted by Kris Beech and Colin Shields.
FINAL SCORE: Fife Flyers 4-4 Stena Line Belfast Giants
Fife scoring: Michael Dorr (1 goal + 0 assists), Jeff Lee (1+1), Shayne Stockton (1+0), TJ Caig (1+2), Ryan Dingle (0+2), Kyle Haines (0+1), Patrick Cullen (0+1)
Fife Man of the Match: 22: Jeff Lee
Belfast Scoring: Derrick Walser (1 goal + 0 assists), Chris Higgins (1+1), Craig Peacock (1+0), Jonathon Boxill (1+0), Mike Forney (0+1), Kris Beech (0+1), Brandon Benedict (0+2), Darryl Lloyd (0+1)
Belfast Man of the Match: 26: Brandon Benedict
Shots on Goal: David Brown: P1 - 6, P2 - 12, P3 - 9 Total = 27 Stephen Murhpy: P1 - 8, P2 - 10, P3 - 8 Total = 26