Giants defeat Dundee to progress to Cup semi-finals

The Belfast Giants now wait to find out who they will face in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup. Credit: Presseye

The Belfast Giants beat Dundee Stars 12-2 on aggregate to cruise through to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

Adam Keefe's side took a comfortable 8-0 advantage into their second leg game in Belfast on Tuesday night and it proved just a mountain too high for the Stars to climb.

Darcy Murphy in action for the Giants against Dundee. Credit: Presseye

The Giants added another four goals to their overall tally in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Guillaume Gélinas opened the scoring less than five minutes in and his teammates Darcy Murphy, Francis Breauvillier and Josh Roach quickly added their names to the scoresheet.

Dundee did pull a couple of goals back, but there was still too big a deficit. Credit: Presseye

Dundee did pull a couple of goals back, with Connor Cox's shot deflecting past Giants' netminder Stephen Murphy off Matt Bissonnette before the first break.

And in the second period, Matt Marquardt also found the net to leave the Stars still trailing 4-2 on the night and 12-2 overall.

The Giants took the opportunity to give both Murph and Dicko an outing. Credit: Presseye

In the third period, the Giants swapped out Murphy for back-up netminder Andrew Dickson and ran out the game to cruise into the next round.

The Belfast side are the reigning Challenge Cup champions and their coach will be pleased to see them still on track to defend their title.

Next up for the Giants are back-to-back away games at the weekend, taking on Glasgow Clan on Saturday and then Manchester Storm on Sunday.