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Giants thwart closest rivals

Last weekend saw the Aer Lingus Belfast Giants take on two of their closest rivals, the Dundee Stars and the Braehead Clan, at the Odyssey Arena.

Saturday saw the Dundee Stars hit the ice.

The Giants got the game off to the start they'd hoped for, as Colin Shields tipped in a shot from Michael Jacobsen and Jeff Mason picked up an easy goal soon after.

The Stars weren't giving in too easily, as Dan Ceman added their first goal to finish off the period 2-1 in the Giants' favour.

The Giants quickly established a three-goal lead through Dan Welch and a John Gleed slapshot deflected in by Brett Hemingway.

Brent Hughes picked up a late goal for the visitors to end the period 4-2 in the Giants' favour.

The third period saw Jeff Mason add his name to the scoresheet for the second time as he fired a one-timer past the Dundee netminder, with Shields and Dalgleish picking up assists. The Stars struck back once again, to bring the score back to within two.

This two goal gap didn't stay for long, as Josh Prudden hit the back of the empty net before the Stars hit back in the closing seconds, with Gary Wishart roofing the puck into the Giants' net, leaving the final score 6-4 in the Giants' favour.

Sunday night saw the Braehead Clan visit the Odyssey. Brad Smyth tipped in a shot from Bayrack for the home side but Dominic Noel levelled up the score for the Clan.

The Giants picked up the only goal in the second period, as Brad Smyth landed his second of the night.

The third saw the Clan get back into the game early with Brendan Cook firing home. Brett Hemingway came to the rescue for the Giants in the closing minutes to give the Giants the one goal lead.

The Giants finished off the game with Jeff Mason picking up his third goal of the weekend as he hit the empty net, to give the Giants a 4-2 win and their fourth point of the weekend.

The Giants are in league action at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday, 26 November when they take on the Sheffield Steelers in the first game of their double header, facing off at 7pm.

Belfast Telegraph