The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to the Cardiff Devils in Saturday’s Elite League clash in Belfast. The Devils led 2-0 into the final period and, despite a late Giants comeback, the visitors took a 4-2 win.
Third period goals from Bobby Farnham and Curtis Hamilton saw the Giants pull within one goal of the Devils although a empty net finish gave Cardiff the two points.
The Giants now sit in fourth place with 30 points from 25 games, four points behind the Sheffield Steelers in first place with 34 points from 27 games.
Cardiff Edge Ahead
It was the visitors who opened the scoring in Belfast as Masi Marjamaki edged the Devils in front at 9:35, assisted by Matt Pope.
Devils Double Lead
Cardiff doubled their lead at 27:43 thanks to Stephen Dixon’s cool unassisted finish. The Giants outshot their opponents 11-5 in the middle period though could not find a way past a resolute Devils defence and netminder Ben Bowns.
Frantic Final Period
The game really came to life in the final period. First, Bobby Farnham halved the deficit at 45:47 with a slick top shelf finish.
However the Devils hit back at 48:47 through Sam Jardine as the visitors restored their two goal lead.
Curtis Hamilton fired home at 55:02, unassisted, to make it a one goal game and set up a frantic finish. Though the Devils made sure of their win at 59:11 as Blair Riley slotted into the empty Giants net.
The Giants return to action on Sunday with a trip to the Fife Flyers. Next at home is against the Glasgow Clan on Friday 27th December, face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena. Tickets are available online now at ticketmaster.ie.