Belfast Giants got off to a winning start in the Continental Cup Semi-Final Group, beating Croatian side Medveščak Zagreb 4-0 at the SSE Arena with a goals in each period.
The Giants made a good start, although had to wait until the period was almost over to take a deserved lead. Jim Vandermeer was in the right place to get on the end of Kyle Baun’s pass in front of the net to put the Giants one up with only 15 seconds left on the first period. With 25:32 played in the game, Lewis Hook converted from Patrick Dwyer’s pass in front to double the Giants’ lead against the team from the EBEL.
Giants moved into a three-goal cushion with 10:36 left in the game – Hunter Bishop coming into the offensive zone and picking out Dustin Johner, whose neat move allowed him to finish for the third goal. Patrick Dwyer added the fourth with 1:15 to go to cap of an excellent night for the Giants, in which netminder Tyler Beskorowany saved 18 shots to earn his second shutout in three games.
Earlier in the day, GKS Katowice beat Ritten Sport by the same scoreline. The Giants meet Ritten tomorrow.
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