Belfast Telegraph

Giants decide to tackle the Flyers in Cup quarters

 

By Stuart McKinley

The Belfast Giants will face the Fife Flyers in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals - after the club's head of hockey operations Steve Thornton hand-picked the tie.

Elite League chiefs decided to adopt a 'pick your opponent' format for the last eight of the competition for the first time.

After the Sheffield Steelers opted for the Dundee Stars, Milton Keynes Lightning owner Graham Moody shocked everyone by selecting the Nottingham Panthers, leaving Thornton to decide between the Flyers, the Guildford Flames or the Cardiff Devils.

"Every game is a tough one and we felt Fife would give us the best match-up," said Thornton.

Dates for the matches are yet to be confirmed, with the winners facing either Milton Keynes or Nottingham in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Giants forward Jonathan Ferland will be subject to a Department of Player Safety review this week for an incident during Sunday's win over Cardiff.

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