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Belfast Giants beat out Cardiff Devils 3-2 after penalty shots

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Belfast Giants' Tyler Beskorowany celebrates after defeating Cardiff Devils in the shootout during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Tyler Beskorowany celebrates after defeating Cardiff Devils in the shootout during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' David Rutherford scores in the shootout against Cardiff Devils' Ben Bowns during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Tyler Beskorowany saves from Cardiff Devils' Matt Pope in the shootout during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Jonathan Ferland with Cardiff Devils' Josh Batch during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Blair Riley celebrates scoring against the Cardiff Devils during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Blair Riley scoring against the Cardiff Devils during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Hunter Bishop with Cardiff Devils' Ben Bowns during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Cardiff Devils celebrates scoring against the Belfast Giants during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th December 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Fans throw on their teddy bears after the Belfast Giants' Jim Vandermeer scores their first goal against the Cardiff Devils during Sunday evenings Elite Ice Hockey League game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

By Mark Brooks

The Stena Line Belfast Giants defeated the Cardiff Devils 3-2 after penalty shots on Sunday in Belfast. Rutherford’s goal and Beskorowany’s stops gave the Giants the shootout win over the reigning champions after a 2-2 draw following 60 minutes of action.

The Giants remain in first place in the Elite League standings, ahead of the Nottingham Panthers and Cardiff Devils.

Tyler Beskorowany started in the Belfast net with Pat Dwyer, Colin Shields, Guillaume Gelinas, Matt Towe and Andrew Dickson missing for the Giants.

Jim Vandermeer hammered home the opening goal on the powerplay at 5:12, assisted by David Rutherford and Hunter Bishop.

The Devils equalised less than a minute later when Evan Mosey bundled the puck home, assisted by Gleason Fournier at 6:13.

Blair Riley’s cool finish from a neat David Rutherford pass at 26:57 gave the Giants the once again in this top of the table clash.

At 11:07, Jonathan Ferland dropped the gloves with Cardiff’s Josh Batch.

Cardiff drew level for a second time in this game when Charles Linglet, assisted by Evan Mosey, finished well at 43:55.

Despite an entertaining overtime period, nothing separated these sides after 65 minutes and the game would be decided with a shootout. David Rutherford scored the Giants lone goal with Tyler Beskorowany stopping all of Cardiff’s shots.

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