Belfast Giants hit five as they see off Lightning at SSE Arena

Belfast Giants' Blair Riley celebrates scoring against Milton Keynes Lightning
Belfast Giants' Blair Riley celebrates scoring against Milton Keynes Lightning

The Stena Line Belfast Giants made an impressive start to a three game weekend with a 5-1 defeat of the Milton Keynes Lightning in Belfast on Friday night.

A game winning goal from Kyle Baun as well as three final period goals gave the Giants two valuable Elite League points.

Both sides will come face-to-face again on Saturday night, face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena, before the Giants travel to Coventry on Sunday.

The Giants dominated the opening period in Belfast and got their deserved breakthrough at 16:09 through Francis Beauvillier.

Then Georgs Golovkovs’ shot squeezed it’s way into the Belfast goal at 24:43, assisted by Eric Neiley.

The Giants regained the lead at 36:23 through Kyle Baun.

The Giants came flying out of the blocks in the final period and Jonathan Boxill scored.

Pat Dwyer made it 4-1 on the powerplay at 47:29 with a fine finish, assisted by Dustin Johner and Kyle Baun.

Captain Blair Riley made it five on the night at 48:45, assisted by David Rutherford, as the home side made it two powerplay goals.