Last gasp Colin Shields is Belfast Giants' extra time hero against Dundee Stars
Dundee Stars 6-7 Belfast Giants
There was nothing unlucky about the number 13 for the Belfast Giants last night as they moved clear at the top of the Elite League standings.
After a thrilling 6-6 draw with the Dundee Stars over 60 minutes it came down to sudden-death overtime, meaning the 13th goal of the game would win it - and it was Giants record goalscorer Colin Shields who scored it to complete a marvellous hat-trick.
The tight finish to the game reflected the nature of the entire contest, with the Giants never able to open up a gap of more than one goal, despite leading on five separate occasions.
They were in front with just two minutes on the clock when Adam Keefe scored with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Lou Dickenson was sent clear on Stephen Murphy to level for the Stars at 7:18.
The Giants were back in front less than a minute later through Craig Peacock, but the period finished all square after Justin Faryna equalised.
There was no let up in the breathless nature of the game in a whirlwind second period.
The Giants went 3-2 up against the odds when, with Matt Nickerson serving the first penalty of the match, Kris Beech scored short handed at 23:43.
It took Dundee seven minutes to respond, with Faryna notching his second of the game.
Shields' first of the night came on a powerplay at 31:56, but again the Giants couldn't hold the lead as Dickenson made it 4-4 at 36:25.
Dundee led for the first time when Curtis Leinweber made it 5-4 with eight minutes to go.
Shields netted another short-handed goal to equalise and Peacock put the Giants in front with little more than a minute to go, but Dundee forced overtime when Doug Clarkson tied it up 19 seconds from time.
The game was 33 seconds away from a penalty shoot-out when Shields hit the winner.