Giants defeat Flyers and advance to semi-final

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th January 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Belfast Giants Brendan Connolly scoring against the Fife Flyers during Tuesday nights Challenge Cup quarter-final at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
The Stena Line Belfast Giants defeated the Fife Flyers 7-0 in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final 2nd Leg to advance to a Semi Final clash against the Nottingham Panthers. The Giants win, backstopped by a Jackson Whistle shutout, made the overall aggregate scoreline 10-3.
The Giants began the game with Sebastien Sylvestre suspended and Dustin Johner, Stephen Murphy and Mark Garside missing through injury. The dates for the Semi-Final tie against the Nottingham Panthers will be confirmed in due course.
Giants Off To A Flyer
The Giants got their home leg of the Quarter Final off to an ideal start with two goals helping the Belfast side into an early 5-3 aggregate advantage.
First it was Steve Saviano who struck with a nice top shelf finish coming off the wing, assisted by Blair Riley, at 5:07.
Brendan Connolly doubled the Giants lead at 11:09 when Matt Towe sent the forward on a breakaway right after he stepped out of the penalty box.
Riley And Ferland Extend Giants Lead
Blair Riley fired home on the powerplay at 24:20, assisted by David Rutherford and Brendan Connolly, to extend the hosts lead to three.
Jonathan Ferland made it 4-0 at 34:53, assisted by Spiro Goulakos and John Kurtz, as the Giants took a 7-3 aggregate lead moving into the final period.
Giants Close Out Flyers
The Giants closed out this Quarter Final in style with a perfect final period. Colin Shields started the third period scoring with a shorthanded effort, assisted by Steve Saviano, at 43:59.
David Rutherford netted the hosts’ sixth of the game at 48:33, assisted by Cole Jarrett before Darcy Murphy finished off the scoring with a powerplay strike at 52:43 after a classy assist from David Rutherford.
Final Score:
Stena Line Belfast Giants 7-0 Fife Flyers (10-3 on aggregate)
Giants Man of the Match:
#2 Cole Jarrett (4 Assists)
Next Up?
The Giants are next in action at home this Friday and Saturday with a ‘double header’ against the Nottingham Panthers. Face-off for both games is 7pm at The SSE Arena.
Tickets are now on sale online at ticketmaster.ie as well as from the Arena Box Office either in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074.
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