Belfast Giants 5 Cardiff Devils 4
Belfast came from two goals behind to net three without reply in the last 10 minutes of the game to beat the Devils by the odd goal in nine. With this win for the Giants they keep their winning run going but the Devils have now lost their last six games and with only four league games remaining they are fast running out of time to make the play-offs. They are two points ahead of Fife in the last play-off spot but have played three games more.
The visitors shocked the home side as they went in front with a strike from Markus Rama with only 68 seconds on the clock. The Giants were back on level terms at 6.59 as Craig Peacock on the powerplay was on target. At 13.49 Cody Brookwell fired home to put the hosts in front a lead that they held onto for the remainder of the period.
Halfway through the game Brad Plumton (Devils) and Adam Keefe (Giants) were both binned on 5 minute majors with the latter also receiving a 10 minute misconduct and 2 minute for being the instigator. The Devils were creating more of the chances but were unable to find the killer blow. That was until 17.52 as Rama netted again to restore equality for the second period to end at two apiece.
Two goals 108 seconds apart saw the Devils open up a two goal lead as Matthew Myers netted at 46.11 and then Mac Faulkner at 47.59. However, the Giants through Kevin Phillips at 50.35 and then Jeffery Szwez on the powerplay at 55.53 had the game level once again. The home side completed the comeback as Colin Shields scored the game winning goal at 57.43.
Stephen Murphy 13+17+11=41
Kamil Kosowski 9+10+11=30
Belfast Giants fifth goal was their 1300th goal scored at home in all EIHL competitions.