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Last gasp Colin Shields is Belfast Giants' extra time hero against Dundee Stars

Dundee Stars 6-7 Belfast Giants

By Stuart McKinley

There was nothing unlucky about the number 13 for the Belfast Giants last night as they moved clear at the top of the Elite League standings.

After a thrilling 6-6 draw with the Dundee Stars over 60 minutes it came down to sudden-death overtime, meaning the 13th goal of the game would win it - and it was Giants record goalscorer Colin Shields who scored it to complete a marvellous hat-trick.

The tight finish to the game reflected the nature of the entire contest, with the Giants never able to open up a gap of more than one goal, despite leading on five separate occasions.

They were in front with just two minutes on the clock when Adam Keefe scored with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Lou Dickenson was sent clear on Stephen Murphy to level for the Stars at 7:18.

The Giants were back in front less than a minute later through Craig Peacock, but the period finished all square after Justin Faryna equalised.

There was no let up in the breathless nature of the game in a whirlwind second period.

The Giants went 3-2 up against the odds when, with Matt Nickerson serving the first penalty of the match, Kris Beech scored short handed at 23:43.

It took Dundee seven minutes to respond, with Faryna notching his second of the game.

Shields' first of the night came on a powerplay at 31:56, but again the Giants couldn't hold the lead as Dickenson made it 4-4 at 36:25.

Dundee led for the first time when Curtis Leinweber made it 5-4 with eight minutes to go.

Shields netted another short-handed goal to equalise and Peacock put the Giants in front with little more than a minute to go, but Dundee forced overtime when Doug Clarkson tied it up 19 seconds from time.

The game was 33 seconds away from a penalty shoot-out when Shields hit the winner.

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