Giants book Challenge Cup final place

Cardiff Devils 3 - 3 Belfast Giants (aggregate 10 - 4)
Published Thursday, 06 February 2014
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The Belfast Giants cruised into ice hockey's Challenge Cup final following a comprehensive 10 - 4 aggregate victory over the Cardiff Devils.

Giants book Challenge Cup final place
The Giants will face either Nottingham or Sheffield in the final. (© Belfast Giants)

A 3 - 3 draw in the Welsh city on Wednesday saw the Giants through after a 7-1 win in the Odyssey in the first leg.

The Giants are currently on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions and face either Nottingham or Sheffield in the cup final.

Those two sides meet next Wednesday for the first leg in their tie.

Cardiff set about trying to narrow that huge gap and Mark Faulkner put them into an early lead.

However, Jeff Szwez soon levelled matters for the visitors.

Matthew Myers netted a double for Cardiff but Szwez and Kevin Saurette's goals in the final period kept the Giants in a comfortable aggregate lead.

The result, whilst enough to make the final, also saw the Giants set a team record of 19 games without defeat in regulation time.

The Giants face Hull and Fife in the weekend's action at the Odyssey.

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