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Defiant Giants dig in to shoot down Stars

 

On song: Brian Ward scored for the Belfast Giants last night
On song: Brian Ward scored for the Belfast Giants last night
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Three second period goals helped the Belfast Giants back to winning ways as they won 4-2 at the Dundee Stars to snap a two-game losing skid.

Brian Ward ended their lengthy scoring drought at 163 minutes when he grabbed the first, with Curtis Hamilton and Jordan Smotherman also finding the twine in the middle frame.

Patryk Wronka's third period goal wrapped it up as the Giants, backed by another huge display from netminder Shane Owen, improve to 13-8-2 on the season.

After a scoreless first period, the Giants' finally gof off the mark after 163:12 when centre Brian Ward gave them the lead at 11:49 into the second period.

However, the visitors were immediately pegged back, their lead lasting all of 1:04 as Drydn Dow levelled it for the Stars.

But a quickfire double from Keefe's men had them with a two-goal advantage at the second intermission, which was nothing less than they deserved.

Patrick Mullen set up Hamilton with a brilliant tape-to-tape pass for the finish at 16:03 of the middle frame, and that was quickly followed by Smotherman finishing off at the crease for 3-1 with 35 seconds of the period remaining.

Any fears of a Dundee comeback were squashed when Wronka added the fourth at 13:31 in the final period, with Dow's second at 14:12 nothing more than consolation for the Stars.

• Former Giants centre Jean Dupuy has signed for Gap in the French Ligue Magnus until the end of the season.

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