The Stena Line Belfast Giants starred in a classy performance on Saturday night in Belfast with a 7-4 win over the Dundee Stars. Sylvestre (2), Johner, Murphy, Connolly, Ferland and Kurtz helped the Giants to an emphatic Challenge Cup Group B win.
Johner’s Early Goal Gets Giants Going
Dustin Johner’s strike broke the deadlock early in this one, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead after 110 seconds, assisted by Brendan Connolly and Blair Riley.
Sebastien Sylvestre doubled the Giants lead at 10:37, assisted by Mark Garside and Cole Jarrett.
The Giants #10 then grabbed his second of the game at 16:04, this time with a powerplay strike assisted by Brendan Connolly and Blair Riley.
Balanced Middle Period In Belfast
Darcy Murphy made it 4-0 almost immediately in the middle period when he found the net at 22:33.
The Stars broke the Giants shutout when Jimmy Jensen finished well at 25:54. Not long after and the Giants lead had been cut in half – this time it was Adam Harding who brought the Stars to within two goals at 31:49.
Brendan Connolly restored the Giants three goal lead at 35:16 with a powerplay goal assisted by Sebastien Sylvestre and Blair Riley.
The Stars made it a two goal game right before the end of the second period as Johan Andersson scored on the powerplay at 38:04.
Giants Take Over In Final period
Jonathan Ferland struck on the powerplay at 47:03, assisted by Steve Saviano and Spiro Goulakos as the Giants made it 6-3.
John Kurtz made it seven on the night for the home side with an even strength goal at 51:47.
Joey de Concilys grabbed a late consolation goal for the visitors at 57:40, to make the scoreline 7-4 to the Giants.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 7-4 Dundee Stars
Giants Man of the Match:
#10 Sebastien Sylvestre (2 goals + 1 assist)
Next Up At Home?
The Stena Line Belfast Giants face the Sheffield Steelers in Elite League action on Saturday 23rd September at The SSE Arena, Belfast. Tickets are now on sale online at ticketmaster.ie as well as from the Arena Box Office either in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074.