Giants edge out Stars at home

Belfast Giants 5-4 Dundee Stars
Published Saturday, 17 December 2011
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Elite League leaders Belfast Giants have registered their 21st win of the season with a 5-4 victory over Dundee Stars at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday night.

While Dundee have now lost five in a row to lie just above Fife in second bottom, the Belfast side enjoy a seven-point lead at the top of the standings after nearest challengers Nottingham Panthers lost to Coventry Blaze.

Graeme Walton netted his first goal of the season for the hosts in the first period, before Brock McBride tipped home a shot from Jeff Mason to double the advantage before the 10 minute mark.

Minutes later the Stars pulled one back as Chris Zarb was on hand to make it 2-1.

But the Giants quickly restored their two-goal lead as Jon Pelle smashed home a one time slapshot from between the circles to make it 3-1.

Midway through the second period the Stars ran into penalty trouble which the Giants capitalised on. With Kronkle sitting two minutes for high sticking, captain Jeremy Rebek ripped a slapshot from the blue line past Whitley to make it 4-1.

In the final 30 minutes Stephen Murphy made an outstanding save from point blank range denying John Dolan for the visitors but the rebound was tucked away by Jeff Hutchins to give the Stars hope.

In the third period the Stars continued to pile on the pressure as Jarrett Kronkle made it 4-3.

Jon Pelle later sneaked behind the high pressing Stars defensemen to give himself a breakaway opportunity which he converted.

But the Stars' comeback continued, as Kronkle netted his second of the game to make it 5-4.

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