Shields shines as Giants shoot down Stars to extend winning hot streak
Dundee Stars 2 Belfast Giants 5
Colin Shields returned home to Scotland and helped himself to a double strike in the Belfast Giants' 5-2 win over the Dundee Stars.
The Glasgow-born forward also added an assist on the opening goal as Adam Keefe's team continued their impressive run of form by recording a fifth successive victory.
And once again they had to do it with a short bench, as Stephen Murphy, Jeff Mason, Spiro Goulakos, Kevin Raine all remained in Belfast as their team-mates travelled to Scotland.
An early powerplay saw Dundee enjoy a period of pressure.
They were twice denied by Giants goaltender Jackson Whistle - the first shot hitting him in the mask.
The Giants grabbed the lead at 8:53. Shields linked the play between Brendan Connolly and Sebastien Sylvestre, with the latter slotting the puck past Travis Fullerton.
There were big saves at both ends before the Giants doubled their lead just 21 seconds before the end of the first period.
Cole Jarrett got things moving before Sylvestre returned the favour for Connolly to finish.
The Giants then took control of the game with a third goal straight off the bat in the second period.
There was only 54 seconds between the goals as Steve Saviano skated clear on his own to finish.
Dundee were given the opportunity to get a foothold in the game when Giants captain Blair Riley was hit with a charging penalty and they took full advantage.
Just 19 seconds after Riley took his seat in the penalty box Gabriel Levesque and Marc-Olivier Mimar carved out the opening and Riley Stadel cut the deficit to two goals.
The Giants had just successfully killed off a penalty against Connolly and he was still on the ice when they struck their fourth goal.
Connolly collected the puck from Riley and set up Shields for his first of the night at 32:57.
Shields netted his second of the game at 45:50 to increase the Giants' lead to 5-1, picking up the puck from fellow Scotsman Mark Garside before finishing.
Dundee did reply just over two minutes later, when Malcolm Gould set up Brian Hart at 48:05.
And they threatened to make a game of it in the closing stages when they were awarded a penalty shot with just six minutes to go, but Whistle stood tall and made the save to ensure there was no panic in the final moments.