Belfast Giants 2 Dundee Stars 1: Colin Shields last night showed that he can come up with the goods when it matters by being the Belfast Giants matchwinner.
The captain has struggled for goals this season — scoring just three times in 12 games — but with his team in need of a rescue act the Scot came up trumps to beat the Dundee Stars.
The Elite League newcomers led the Giants for almost all of the second period and although Doug Christiansen’s men found an equaliser in the third period, they needed a penalty from Shields to seal victory in a penalty shoot-out.
Missing four players through injury, Christiansen was forced to turn to Belfast-born 18-year-old Jordan Scott-Brown to beef up his line-up.
Things got worse on the injury front in the first period when Rich Seeley skated off the ice after serving a penalty and then didn’t return.
Gary Wishart gave the Stars a shock lead four minutes into the second period and despite the Giants firing in 18 shots during the 20 minutes, that’s how it remained as the third period began.
Just over a minute into the final session Brett Hemingway levelled matters, but another 15 shots later, no winner could be found by the Giants.
Overtime couldn’t separate the teams and that meant a shoot-out.
Shiels was the only successful taker and that means the Giants stretch their lead at the top of the Elite League table to five points.