Second period salvo fires Belfast Giants to six point weekend with Dundee Stars win
Dundee Stars 3-6 Belfast Giants
THE Belfast Giants secured a six-point haul as they defeated the Dundee Stars 6-3 in Scotland to make it three wins from three on the weekend and consolidate their Elite League win.
Three second period goals saw the visitors home with a two goal win that continues their phenomenal run on the road - they've won six of their opening seven of a 16-game road streak - and maintains their four point lead at the top of the table.
A frantic start saw Giants netminder Tyler Beskorowany the busier of the two, however once again the goaltender proved to be unbeatable in the early stages as Dundee failed to significantly test him.
And it was the Giants who took the lead at 10:50 when David Rutherford got the slightest of touches on Mark Garside's shot at the crease to divert it through Pontus Sjogren's five hole for the opener.
Hunter Bishop had a great chance to double the lead when he looped round into the slot, only for his wrister to ping off the post, while at the other end Beskorowany did incredibly well to glove a Connor Cox shot through a lot of traffic.
And just before the first intermission the Giants grabbed their second, Lewis Hook rescuing an odd man rush that looked to have broken down with a superb snapshot from the slot over Sjogren's glove side at 17:43.
Just 51 seconds into the second period and Hook grabbed his second, the puck breaking back to the young British forward in the slot and he controlled and finished over Sjogren's shoulder for the third.
It took Dundee ten seconds to respond as the Giants switched off from the restart, Charles Corcoran's weak shot from the right circle somehow beating Beskorowany five hole at 21:01.
Having finally gotten off the mark, the Stars began to pile on the pressure and they should have grabbed a second when Beskorowany saved from Lukas Lundvald and then Brian Hart couldn't stab home a loose puck at the back door with the cage wide open.
And the lethal Belfast forwards made them pay, Dustin Johner finishing their first chance for a while at 28:19 when he wristed a shot in from the slot, before Blair Riley continued his sensational form with a lovely finish at 28:51 on a two-on-one.
It looked like if either side was to score before the second intermission then it would be the Giants as they continued to play freely, but instead it was Dundee who responded at 39:54 when Jordan Cownie's speculative shot somehow managed to beat Beskorowany low from the edge of the left circle.
The third period was a slow burner to begin with, but suddenly it sparked when Matt Marquardt drove the net and struck the post, followed by Kris Inglis dropping the gloves with Paul Swindlehurst after a big hit from the Belfast d-man.
Perhaps invigorated by that scrap, Shawn Boutin made it interesting when he brought it back to a two-goal game at 56:51 with his wrist shot from the right circle.
But Dundee couldn't find another two goals to tie it up, and instead the Giants found an empty net goal right on the final buzzer through Kyle Baun with Sjogren pulled to the bench to secure the win and the two points.
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