Belfast Giants humbled as the german prolific Pinguins are in seventh heaven
The Belfast Giants were outclassed as they were hit with a seven-goal salvo by German visitors Fischtown Pinguins in the second game of their pre-season double-header.
After conceding five goals in the opening period there was no way back for the Giants, but they did at least salvage some pride when David Rutherford scored in the second period.
Like the first game on Saturday night though there was an edge to the friendly fixture, with Giants defenceman Jim Vandermeer taking exception to a hook on Rutherford by Jordan Owens, with the Pinguins forward being kicked out of the game on a misconduct penalty.
Cory Quirk opened the scoring with just 17 seconds on the clock.
The Giants were unable to respond before the Pinguins struck again, this time through Rob Bordson.
Seconds after the restart the Germans scored again, with Jason Bast beating a stunned Stephen Murphy in the Giants goal.
There was no let up from the Pinguins and before the end of the first period they were 5-0 up as Christoph Korner and Cody Lampl piled on the agony.
With Andrew Dickson replacing Murphy the goal rush did ease off in the second period, but not before Jack Combs made it six of the best for Fischtown.
Rutherford got what amounted to a consolation for the Giants after Marian Dejdar struck the Pinguins' seventh goal.
The Giants' frustration came out all at once through Vandermeer taking on Owens, which at least gave the fans in the SSE Arena something to get excited about.