The Stena Line Belfast Giants missed out on the chance to move within two points of first place with a 6-3 home defeat to the Dundee Stars. Despite goals from Goodwin, Farnham and Mullen – the Giants lost out to the Stars in their final game of 2019.
The Giants remain in third place with 34 points from 28 games, four points behind the Sheffield Steelers in first place with 40 points from 30 games.
Dundee Double In First
The Giants broke the deadlock after only five minutes when Jordan Smotherman’s perfect pass from the corner to David Goodwin allowed the forward to round the Dundee defenceman and slot home.
Dundee tied things up at 6:38 when Kevin Dufour’s effort was saved initially by Owen and took a cruel bounce off a Giant and into the net.
The Stars took the lead at 13:09 when Matthew Carter found time and space to pick his spot in the top corner of the Belfast net.
Giants Fight Back
Belfast pulled themselves level at 22:58 thanks to hard work in the corner by Liam Reddox and it was his rebound that was hammered home by Bobby Farnham.
The Giants regained the lead at 33:53 thanks to a great one-timer from Pat Mullen, assisted by Brian Ward and Liam Reddox.
However the Stars equalised just before the end of the period when Colton Kroeker scored from close range on the powerplay at 38:55.
Dundee Close Out Win
Dundee took the lead for a second time at 49:52 when Matt Marquardt fired home on the powerplay, assisted by Anthony Beauregard and Jagger Dirk.
The Stars withstood Giants pressure throughout the final period and they added two late empty net goals through Kevin Dufour at 59:06 and 59:37.
Stena Line Belfast Giants 3-6 Dundee Stars
Player of the Game
#85 Liam Reddox (2 Assists)
The Giants return to action on Thursday with a trip to face the Dundee Stars. Next at home is a double header against the Coventry Blaze on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th January 2020. Tickets are available online now at ticketmaster.ie.