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December 29, 2012

Rapid Solicitors Elite League/Challenge Cup Quarter Final 2nd Leg
Belfast Giants 5 Hull Stingrays 4

(Belfast win Challenge Cup quarter final game 8-5 on aggregate)

After the first period this looked like it was going to be an easy win for the Giants as they lead 4-1. However, the visitors netted three without reply in the second to tie it at four apiece. A solitary goal in the third period from the Giants was enough to see them win by the odd goal in nine.

The Giants opened the scoring with a strike from Kevin Saurette with the goal coming at 8.57. The visitors were level with a powerplay goal from Jereme Tendler at 10.44. However, the Giants regained the lead on the night as Saurette with his second, netted on the powerplay at 12.38. Less than a minute later the home side added a third goal from the stick of Gregory Stewart timed at 13.33. Belfast thought they had put the game out of the reach of the Stingrays when Noah Clarke added a fourth at 16.28.

The Stingrays had other ideas though as they hit three without reply with the first of these coming from Jereme Tendler as he got a second powerplay goal at 23.27. The visitors cut the deficit to a one goal game as Tendler netted a straight powerplay hat trick as he netted at 33.02. With a minute to go in the second period Jason Silverthorn netted a fourth straight powerplay goal to tie the game up at four apiece.

After a spirited fight back the visitors had nothing left in the tank in the third period. With the only goal coming from the stick of Craig Peacock on the powerplay with only 46 seconds of the period played. This game winning goal was enough for the Giants to collect the points for the league as well as securing a semi-final berth in the Challenge Cup.

Period Scores:
Belfast   4+0+1=5
Hull        1+3+0=4

Penalty Minutes:
Belfast   2+14+4=20
Hull        4+10+6=20

Shots on:
Stephen Murphy  11+10+3=24
Ben Bowns          18+13+11=42

Belfast   2/7
Hull        4/7

Tom Darnell
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Braehead Clan 3 Edinburgh Capitals 4

The Glasgow based team will be glad to see the end of 2012, the past few games they have been playing short benched. Although they have been there or thereabouts the lack of numbers has told on them in the end. They opened up a two goal lead in the second period and went into the final period of this game with a one goal lead. However, two goals from the Capitals including a shorthanded game winner saw the points head east.

End to end action in the opening session with both teams coming close to opening the scoring. The visitors got on the score board first with a strike from Rene Jarolin at 9.26. This lead was short lived as the Clan were back on level terms at 10.04 as Robert Farmer was on hand to score.

The Clan got their third powerplay of the game at the start of the second period and they made this one count as Ash Goldie put them in front at 22.25. The hosts opened up a two goal lead at 25.46 as Steve Birnstill fired home. Capitals player/coach Richard Hartmann cut the deficit to a single goal as he netted at 29.15.

The game was all square at 46.47 as Jarolin netted his second of the game. With the Clan on their fourth powerplay of the night Martin Cingel broke away to net shorthanded at 50.37 to put the Capitals back in front. This turned out to be the game winner, the Clan pulled the goaltender with just over a minute to go, but they were unable to find a way past Hiadlovsky who turned away 38 of the 41 shots he faced.

Period Scores:
Braehead   1+2+0=3
Edinburgh  1+1+2=4

Penalty Minutes:
Braehead   0+0+0=0
Edinburgh 4+2+4=10

Shots on:
Garrett Zemlak        7+10+9=26
Tomas Hiadlovsky 14+17+10=41

Braehead   1/5
Edinburgh 0/0

Rab Cowan
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Nottingham Panthers 8 Dundee Stars 1

League leaders Nottingham got back to winning ways at they had a convincing win against a Dundee team who have had only two wins in their last eleven games and have now lost their last six road games. Star man for the Panthers was Bruce Graham who netted himself a hat trick, with Pat Galivan chipping in with a brace.

The hosts were quickly off the mark as Bruce Graham netted the first goal of the game with 67 seconds on the clock. The visitors were back on level terms as player/coach Jeff Hutchins scored at 14.33. However, equality only lasted 23 seconds as Jordan Fox put the home team back in front. Panthers took a two goal lead as Jason Beckett was on target at 16.45.

Only the one goal in the second period and it came the way of the home team as they increased their lead at 36.13 as Bruce Graham slotted home his second goal of the game.

Panthers added a fifth as Pat Galivan scored at 43.36. Frustration got the better of Stars player/coach Jeff Hutchins at 50.04 he got called on a minor for holding, but never made it to the sin bin as he got hit with two 10 minute misconducts and was heading to the locker room. Bruce Graham completed his hat trick at 52.10 and then Galivan got his second at 54.05. Matt Francis completed the scoring with the eighth, with 31 seconds remaining.

Period Scores:
Nottingham   3+1+4=8
Dundee         1+0+0=1

Penalty Minutes:
Nottingham   4+0+2=6
Dundee         0+0+22=22

Shots on:
Craig Kowalski    8+7+3=18
Nic Riopel          14+11+11=36

Nottingham   0/1
Dundee         0/3

Dean Smith


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