Belfast Giants 2-3 Dundee Stars: Giants fail to secure gold stars
The Belfast Giants missed out on a perfect record over the holiday season with a shock overtime loss to the Dundee Stars in overtime last night.
Despite scoring first, the Giants never found their tempo and too many turnovers and a lack of sustained pressure against the Stars led to the end of their nine game winning streak.
The Giants found the net first but that was nearly after 40 minutes of action when Jeffrey Szwez was able to break the deadlock with two minutes remaining in the second period.
The Stars scored to tie the game at the 6:50 mark of the final period and then they shocked the Giants by scoring again and taking the lead one minute later.
Stars Captain Brock McPherson scored the tying goal and then Rory Rawlyk dangled through the Giants defence with a solo effort to give the Stars the lead with 12 minutes to play.
This was the wake up call for the Giants, who piled on the pressure but with the clock winding down, it looked like it was too late.
Coach Paul Adey pulled Stephen Murphy out of the goal in favour of an extra attacker and the risk paid off when Kevin Saurette tipped in a Rob Sandrock shot to tie the game at 2-2 with only 15 seconds remaining.
The momentum seemed to be with the Giants going into the overtime period, and several good chances early on looked like the home side might narrowly escape this one with a greasy win, but it was not to be.
At 2:07 of extra time, Nikita Kashirsky fired a cannon over the shoulder of Murphy to give the Dundee Stars the 3-2 overtime win.
An extremely disappointing loss after so many big wins over the holiday period for the Giants-- still in five games, we picked up nine out of a possible 10 points and we remain atop of the Elite League standings.
However, this one just doesn't sit well with me or any of the players and hopefully we can get back to winning ways next weekend against the Cardiff Devils on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena.
Belfast Telegraph Digital