Giants through to Challenge Cup final

Belfast Giants 4 - 1 Cardiff Devils
Published Sunday, 05 February 2012
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The Stena Line Belfast Giants have beaten Cardiff Devils by four goals to one at Odyssey Arena.

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Saturday night's victory means the Giants will go through to the Challenge Cup final despite losing the first leg last week by the odd goal in three.

It started badly for the home side with the Devils' Stuart MacRae scoring after only 39 seconds.

But from then on the Giants scored four goals without answer, even though their opponents had more shots throughout the game.

Former Devils player Jon Pelle brought the Giants back on level terms with a powerplay strike at 15.20.

And only minutes later, Craig Peacock fired the Giants in front on the night and leveling the aggregate score.

Robert Dowd could have made it 3 -1 to the Giants with a penalty shot just before the end of the first period, but he had his effort saved by Cardiff netminder Stevie Lyle.

Dowd was not to be denied and got his name on the score sheet half way through the second period during a power play.

A strong wrist shot past the helpless Lyle was enough, following Jon Pelle's assist.

It was still a good contest and the Giants needed to ensure their opponents could not get back into it.

Aaron Clarke finished off the scoring sequence and with it the chances for Cardiff with a goal during another power play, bringing the end score to 4 - 1 on the night and 5 - 3 on aggregate.

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