The Stena Line Belfast Giants snapped a four game losing run in style, defeating the Cardiff Devils 4-3 after overtime in Wales on Saturday.
Goals from Brian Ward, Jordan Smotherman and Mark Garside looked to have given the Giants a win in regulation. Though the Cardiff Devils hit back with three strikes in the final period. Bobby Farnham’s winner in overtime gave the Giants an important away win in their second of a six game road swing.
Belfast now lie in fourth place with 20 points from 16 games, 3 points behind the Glasgow Clan in first place with 23 points from 18 games.
Stephen Murphy started in the Belfast net, posting 13 saves, with the Giants missing Shane Owen.
Giants Double Down On Devils
Belfast took the lead on the powerplay at 6:47 when Brian Ward capitalised on the loose puck at the back post after Jordan Smotherman’s shot deflected off the backboard.
Smotherman turned from provider to scorer at 11:57 when Pat Mullen fed the puck to the forward and he finished well high into the Devils net for the visitors’ second powerplay goal of the game.
Garside Extends Lead
Belfast continued their high intensity into the middle period and also continues the scoring with another powerplay goal at 28:30. Ciaran Long and Lewis Hook combined well following a face-off in the Cardiff zone and fed the puck to Mark Garside who slotted into the roof of the net.
Devils Fight Back
Two Devils strikes in the space of twelve seconds set up a frantic finish in Cardiff.
First, Charles Linglet won the battle for the puck in the corner, slid the puck to Gleason Fournier who was left one-on-one with Stephen Murphy and squeezed the puck past the Giants netminder at 49:24.
Gleason Fournier then made the second Devils goal happen – skating the puck into the Giants zone and feeding Blair Riley to shoot into the roof of the net at 49:36.
The Devils drew level at 54:53 when Mike McNamee dished the puck to Charles Linglet who scored with a classy backhanded finish for the home side.
Farnham Seals Victory
Overtime gave up end-to-end action – although the first big chance fell to the Giants and they took full advantage. Ryan Lowney picked up the loose puck and found Bobby Farnham on the breakaway and the forward calmly fired past Ben Bowns in the Devils goal to give the visitors the win in Cardiff.
Cardiff Devils 3-4 Stena Line Belfast Giants (After Overtime)
Giants Player of the Game
#24 Brian Ward (1 Goal)
Credit: Helen Brabon & James Assinder
Next up for the Giants is Sunday’s away re-match in Cardiff, face-off 4pm. The Giants next home games are against the Sheffield Steelers on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December – when the organisation will be celebrating their 20th anniversary. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.ie.