Elite League: Belfast Giants 6, Dundee Stars 3

DUNDEE Stars bid to make the play-offs suffered a blow when they went down 6-3 at Elite League title-chasing Belfast Giants despite two goals from Justin Faryna.

The victory knocks long-time league-leaders, Cardiff Devils, off the top of the ten-strong table but leaves Dundee four points adrift of a play-off place.

Dundee, who are ninth in the ten-strong table, have 29 points from 39 games while Edinburgh Capitals prop up the division with 27 points from 37 fixtures.

In Belfast, Derrick Walser opened the scoring with Glaswegian Colin Shields assisting after ten minutes.

Faryna opened his and Dundee’s account less than two minutes later but Blair Riley’s power play goal one second from the end of the session edged Belfast ahead.

Cale Tanaka levelled after 29 minutes only for former Edinburgh Capitals hit-man David Rutherford to claim Giants’ third 1min 5sec after that.

Faryna netted five minutes later to make it 3-3 but three, third-period strikes from Michael Quesnele after 48 minutes, Jim Vandermeer six minutes later and Alex Foster’s empty net goal with less than three minutes left sealed it.

Photo courtesy of Ian Coyle