BELFAST GIANTS CAPITALISE WITH 3-1 CUP DEFEAT OF EDINBURGH

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 17th September 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Belfast Giants players mob man-of-the-match Michael Forney during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game against Edinburgh Capitals at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Press Eye – Belfast – Northern Ireland – 17th September 2016 – Photo by William Cherry
Belfast Giants players mob man-of-the-match Michael Forney during Saturday nights Challenge Cup game against Edinburgh Capitals at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

The Stena Line Belfast Giants made it two Challenge Cup wins in-a-row as Michael Forney scored the game winner and Stephen Murphy turned away 19 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Edinburgh Capitals. The Giants led 2-0 until the 59th minute, when Jared Stall pulled one back for the visitors, only for Steve Saviano to seal the home win at 59:48 with an empty net finish.

The opening period was a scoreless one with the Giants forcing the play for the majority of the opening 20 minutes, outshooting their opponents 12-6.

However it only took 90 seconds of the second period for the deadlock to be broken with Michael Forney notching his first of the game, an even strength goal at 21:30, assisted by Chris Higgins and Alex Foster.

The Giants scored their first early in the second period and their second came late into the same period as Michael Forney again finished past Travis Fullerton, this time at 37:35 assisted by Blair Riley and Brandon Benedict.

The Capitals outshot the Giants 9-5 in the third and final period as they went in search of a goal that would bring them back into the game. The visitors finally found a way past the Giants defence and Stephen Murphy with Jared Stall scoring even-strength at 58:41.

However it was Steve Saviano who made sure the Giants picked up the two Challenge Cup Group A points with an empty net finish at 59:48.

Next up for the Giants is a trip to face Dundee in Challenge Cup Group A on Sunday, face-off 6:30pm. The Giants return to Belfast on Saturday 24th September with a Cup clash against the Dundee Stars, face-off 7pm.

Final Score
Stena Line Belfast Giants 3-1 Edinburgh Capitals

Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 17th September 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Belfast Giants' Michael Forney after Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Press Eye – Belfast – Northern Ireland – 17th September 2016 – Photo by William Cherry
Belfast Giants’ Michael Forney after Saturday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

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