The Stena Line Belfast Giants lost out to the Cardiff Devils in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final. Trailing 1-0 from last week’s 1st leg in Belfast – the Giants fell 4-0 in Wednesday’s 2nd leg. The defeat ends an impressive run with the Giants last defeat in a Challenge Cup knockout round back in 2017.
Goals from Dixon, Duggan, Martin and Batch gave the Devils an important home win and they now advance to the Semi-Final with both sides going head-to-head again this Saturday in Belfast.
Shane Owen started in the Belfast net, posting 33 saves, with the Giants missing Kevin Raine and Patryk Wronka.
Devils At The Double
With the Devils leading 1-0 on aggregate, the first goal in Wednesday’s 2nd leg would be all important. With Ciaran Long sitting out a hooking penalty – Sean Bentivoglio setup Stephen Dixon for a finish in the crease on at 8:48.
Sam Duggan doubled the Devils lead on the night at 14:37 after Josh Batch’s pinpoint pass.
Cardiff Take Control
The Devils extended their lead early in the middle period when Joey Martin, assisted by Masi Marjamaki, fired home shorthanded at 21:47.
With Stephen Dixon knocking Paul Swindlehurst to the ice behind the net, Matt Pelech took exception and dropped the gloves with Mark Louis at 30:30.
Cardiff made it 4-0 on aggregate at 36:12 through Josh Batch as they took a commanding lead on the quarter final.
Cardiff Round Off Cup Win
The Giants came flying out of the blocks in the final period, however they were unable to find a way past Bowns in the Cardiff goal and the Devils advanced to the Semi-Final.
Cardiff Devils 4-0 Stena Line Belfast Giants
Next up for the Giants is Saturday in Belfast with an Elite League clash against the Cardiff Devils, face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.ie.