The Stena Line Belfast Giants defeated the Dundee Stars 8-5 in Belfast on Sunday and ended the Elite League season in style. The Giants now advance to the PredictorBet Playoffs to face the Nottingham Panthers on Friday at The SSE Arena, face-off 7pm.
A hat-trick from Sebastien Sylvestre and goals from Riley, D.Murphy, Goulakos, Ferland and Connolly gave the Giants a important win on the final day of the regular season. The Giants finish the season in fifth place and will take on the Nottingham Panthers in next weekend’s quarter final with the Giants hosting the 1st Leg on Friday before travelling to Nottingham on Sunday for the 2nd Leg.
Four-Midable Giants Dominate Opening Period
Blair Riley opened the scoring at 10:34 when he buried the rebound following Darcy Murphy’s shot. Sebastien Sylvestre doubled the hosts lead at 16:10 when he combined well with Brendan Connolly to give the Giants a 2-0 advantage.
49 seconds later Darcy Murphy redirected Kevin Raine’s shot past Holland in the Stars net as the Giants extended their lead once again. Sylvestre grabbed his second of the game at 18:54, assisted by Matt Towe and Brandon Benedict, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead after the opening
Giants And Stars Trade Middle Period Blows
Johan Andersson got the Stars on the scoreboard at 21:26, assisted by Jordan Cownie and Brian Hart, as the visitors found a way past Andrew Dickson.
Spiro Goulakos restored the Giants four goal advantage with a powerplay strike at 39:57, assisted by Blair Riley and Darcy Murphy.
Giants Complete Final Day Win
Lukas Lundvald Nielsen pulled another back for the Stars with a powerplay goal at 42:25, assisted by Gabriel Levesque and Anthony Mastrodicasa.
The Giants hit back with a powerplay goal of their own through Jonathan Ferland, assisted by Sebastien Sylvestre and Spiro Goulakos, at 48:21. Brendan Connolly finished well at 52:19, assisted by Spiro Goulakos, to give the Giants a 7-2 lead.
Sebastien Sylvestre completed his hat-trick at 54:16, assisted by Brendan Connolly and Brandon Benedict.
The Stars pulled back three late goals through Jordan Cownie at 54:27, Johan Andersson at 58:38 and Cody Carlson at 59:18.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 8-5 Dundee Stars
Giants Man of the Match:
#10 Sebastien Sylvestre (3 Goals + 1 Assist)
It’s the Playoffs! The Giants return to home action again on Friday against the Nottingham Panthers, face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena in the PredictorBet Playoff Quarter Final. Friday is a 1st Leg and will be the Giants final home game of the season before facing the Sheffield Steelers away on Saturday for a place in the Final Four.
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.
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