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Belfast Giants open season with victory over Dundee

Belfast Giants' Darcy Murphy with Dundee Stars' Connor Cox during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Belfast Giants' Darcy Murphy with Dundee Stars' Connor Cox during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Dustin Johner with Dundee Stars' Craig Holland during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Jonathan Ferland with Dundee Stars' Drydn Dow during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Colin Shields celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars' Craig Holland during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Darcy Murphy with Dundee Stars' Mike Sullivan during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' David Rutherford with Dundee Stars' Drydn Dow during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Jim Vandermeer celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Curtis Leonard with Dundee Stars' Francois Bouchard during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Dustin Johner celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Patrick Dwyer with Dundee Stars' Connor Cox during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Belfast Giants' Dustin Johner celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' David Rutherford with Dundee Stars' Craig Holland during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Dustin Johner celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Belfast Giants forward David Rutherford
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' David Rutherford with Dundee Stars' Craig Holland during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Dustin Johner with Dundee Stars' Craig Holland during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Francis Beauvillier with Dundee Stars' Craig Holland during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Jonathan Ferland with Dundee Stars' Mike Sullivan during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Jim Vandermeer celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Dustin Johner celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Darcy Murphy with Dundee Stars' during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Kyle Baun with Dundee Stars' during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Paul Swindlehurst celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' with Dundee Stars' Petr Chaloupka during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants' Paul Swindlehurst celebrates scoring against the Dundee Stars during Friday nights Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

The Belfast Giants won on opening night at The SSE Arena with a 4-1 victory over the Dundee Stars in Friday’s Challenge Cup clash.

Goals from Shields, Vandermeer, Johner and Swindlehurst and a stellar performance in net from Stephen Murphy kept up the Giants 100% record in Challenge Cup Group B.

Colin Shields broke the deadlock on opening night when he squeezed the puck home, picking up a rebound from Paul Swindlehurst’s effort after only 63 seconds.

Jim Vandermeer doubled the hosts lead at 18:16 with a nice unassisted finish from the wing.

40 seconds later and Dustin Johner extended the Giants lead once again, unassisted, when he skated the puck into the Stars zone after winning the puck back while the hosts were shorthanded.

The Stars pulled one back in the middle period when Francois Bouchard netted on the powerplay, assisted by Shawn Boutin, at 34:36.

Paul Swindlehurst rounded off the Giants scoring at 4:25 into the final period, assisted by Francis Beauvillier and Dustin Johner, to ensure a third win from three games in the 2018/19 season.

Final Score: Belfast Giants 4-1 Dundee Stars

Giants Man of the Match: #31 Stephen Murphy

The Giants return to the ice again on Saturday with another Challenge Cup clash, this time against the Glasgow Clan. Face-Off 7pm at The SSE Arena.

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