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Belfast Giants to face Dundee Stars in Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Belfast Giants forward Darcy Murphy in action against the Dundee Stars
Belfast Giants forward Darcy Murphy in action against the Dundee Stars
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

THE Belfast Giants have selected the Dundee Stars as their Challenge Cup quarter-final opponents after finishing the group stage as top seeds.

Adam Keefe's side won five of their six group games to easily win the group, which included the Stars, Glasgow Clan and Fife Flyers, and their 10 points was enough to secure top seed.

As a result, the Giants were allowed to select their quarter-final opponents first from the bottom four seeds, with head of hockey operations Steve Thornton selecting the seventh seeded Stars.

Belfast have had success against the Stars so far this season, winning four of their five meetings in both the league and cup, with their latest win coming at the Dundee Ice Arena on Sunday.

The first leg will take place at the Dundee Ice Arena on Wednesday 28 November at 7.30pm, with the reverse fixture on Tuesday 11 December at the SSE Arena with a 7pm face-off.

The Giants are the defending Challenge Cup champions having defeated the Cardiff Devils in last season's final at Ice Arena Wales.

Challenge Cup quarter-final draw

Belfast Giants v Dundee Stars

Cardiff Devils v Glasgow Clan

Nottingham Panthers v Manchester Storm

Guildford Flames v Sheffield Steelers

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The Giants opted not to go for the Glasgow Clan, who were eighth seeds and would have meant less travel, picking the Stars who they think will provide the easier match-up... an interesting call from Adam Keefe to put veteran defenceman Jim Vandermeer on the forward lines at the weekend, despite having proven swingman Josh Roach on the blueline... Blair Riley's five-goal weekend was enough to win the inaugural British Ice Hockey player of the week accolade. Riley gained 35% of the vote and beat Calle Ackered (Guildford), Joe Basaraba (Fife) and Jordan Hedley (Coventry)... speaking of British Ice Hockey awards, the Giants remain top of their latest Power Rankings after their six-point weekend

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