Dundee Stars shine, but it's no big deal for the Belfast Giants
Belfast Giants 2-2 Dundee Stars
The Belfast Giants threw away a two-goal lead before suffering a penalty shoot-out defeat to the Dundee Stars.
The result was, however, largely academic as the Giants are already assured of a place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Player-coach Derrick Walser took the opportunity to give back-up goaltender Andrew Dickson some game time and he even gave regular starter Stephen Murphy the night off, with local prospect David Juhascik taking his place on the bench.
It looked like being a straight forward night for Dickson when the Giants went 2-0 up through Mike Radja and Walser in the first period.
Dundee hit back though as first Bobby Chaumont scored midway through the second preiod before Justin Faryna levelled things up just seconds into the third period.
That meant overtime and when the teams couldn't be separated in the extra five minutes it was the Stars who took the shoot-out 2-1.
There was no sign of what was to come when the Giants went ahead at 4:56 when Mike Forney's pass sent Radja clear on goal to finish.
Walser cracked home a powerful shot from Brandon Benedict's pass at 17:05 to double the advantage.
Both teams spurned great scoring chances in the second period before Chaumont squeezed the puck past Dickson from a tight angle to get the Stars back into the game.
Dundee then really shook the Giants when they drew level 38 seconds into the third period, with Faryna finishing Brett Switzer's hard work.
Dundee's Lou Dickenson opened the shoot-out with a goal, but nobody else found the net before Benedict made it 1-1 with the crucial last shot.
Dickenson then scored again with the first sudden-death shot and when Forney missed it was game over.