The Stena Line Belfast Giants advanced to the 2019 Playoff Final with a 2-1 Semi-Final victory over the Guildford Flames. Staring at elimination with 10:30 remaining – final period goals from Jonathan Ferland and Pat Dwyer gave the Giants the comeback victory. Sunday’s final will be the Giants first appearance in the showpiece occasion since 2014.
Next up for the Giants is Sunday vs either the Cardiff Devils or Nottingham Panthers – depending on the outcome of Saturday’s second Semi-Final. Sunday’s face-off is 4pm and the big game will be shown live on television with FreeSports.
Tyler Beskorowany backstopped the Giants to the Semi-Final win with the Giants missing Andrew Dickson, David Rutherford and Guillaume Gelinas.
Opening Period Stalemate
Both netminders, Tyler Beskorowany and Travis Fullerton, starred in the opening period with the Giants and Flames playing out an entertaining 20 minutes with end-to-end action in front of the sell out crowd in Nottingham.
Flames Goal Ignites Game
The Guildford Flames struck the first blow in the Semi-Final when Ian Watters fired high into the Giants net at 24:14, assisted by John Dunbar and Jesse Craige.
Belfast Secures Vital Win
The Belfast breakthrough happened at 49:30 when, after good work by Chris Higgins and Colin Shields, Jonathan Ferland hammered home to bring the game level.
Belfast piled on the pressure and at 55:11 they got their decisive goal. Pat Dwyer, assisted by Kyle Baun and Jordan Smotherman, was on-hand at the back post to rifle past Fullerton in the Guildford goal as the Giants secured their place in Sunday’s final.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 2-1 Guildford Flames
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Next up for the Giants is the last game of the season – the 2019 Playoff Final. The Giants opponents will be the Cardiff Devils or Nottingham Panthers – with those two sides meeting in Nottingham on Saturday evening in the day’s second Semi-Final.
Sunday’s Grand Final starts at 4pm and will be shown live on television through FreeSports.