ICE HOCKEY: Belfast Giants beat Cariff Devils

The Belfast Giants celebrate scoring against Cardiff
The Belfast Giants celebrate scoring against Cardiff

The Belfast Giants secured second place in the Elite League standings with a 5-3 away win against the Cardiff Devils on Sunday night.

The visitors never fell behind in the game and ensured they would finish second and face the Fife Flyers in the Playoff Quarter Final next weekend.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring as Colin Shields netted unassisted at 21:49. Blair Riley doubled the Giants lead to 2-0 at 25:56, assisted by James Desmarais and Chris Higgins.

With Referee Dean Smith sending both Blair Riley and Adam Keefe to the penalty box at 8:13, the visitors took full advantage.

It was Layne Ulmer who pulled one back for the hosts, his powerplay goal was assisted by Patrick Asselin and Joey Haddad at 28:41.

The Giants restored their two goal advantage at 36:11 through Chris Higgins, assisted by James Desmarais and Blair Riley.

Blair Riley posted his second goal of the game at 44:10, assisted by Ryan Martinelli and Brandon Benedict, as the Giants took a 4-1 lead.

The Devils pulled one back at 50:44 through Matthew Myers. It was a one goal game at 59:10 when Layne Ulmer struck. James Desmarais ensured the Giants took the two points with an empty net finish at 59:50.

The Giants have their final home game of the season, against Fife on April 1.