Dundee Stars Win Shootout In Belfast Challenge Cup Clash

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Goal! Mike Radja opens the scoring for the Stena Line Belfast Giants against Dundee. photo Andy Gibson

The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to consecutive defeats with a shootout loss on Sunday at home against the Dundee Stars. With Andrew Dickson starting in net for the Giants, the home side led 2-0 after the opening period through goals from Radja and Walser however the Stars took the game to penalty shots with Lou Dickenson scoring the winner.

Michael Forney on the attack during Sunday’s Challenge Cup Clash Photo: Andy Gibson
Michael Forney on the attack during Sunday’s Challenge Cup Clash Photo: Andy Gibson

The game started well for the Giants following a day of travel back to Belfast from Cardiff, outshooting the visitors 10-4 in the first period and their dominance showed on the scoreboard also. The Giants opened the scoring at 4:56, with Brandon Benedict finding Mike Radja in space, who slotted the puck past Vlastimil Lakosil in the Dundee net. By the end of the first period, it was 2-0 as Derrick Walser doubled the Giants lead, assisted by Benedict and Radja at 17:05.

The Stars made a change in goal midway through the second period at 31:05 and three minutes later, they got on the scoresheet with Bobby Chaumont scoring at 33:13, assisted by Lou Dickenson and Curtis Leinweber.

38 seconds into the third period, it was 2-2. Bret Switzer’s pass to Justin Faryna split the Giants defence and the Dundee player rounded Andrew Dickson to pull the Stars level.

Both teams cancelled each other in five minutes of overtime and it was the Stars who took the extra point thanks to a shootout win following Dickenson’s sudden death goal.


Final Score:

Stena Line Belfast Giants 3-2 Dundee Stars

Giants Man of the Match:

Andrew Dickson

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