Challenge Cup: Belfast Giants 4-2 Fife Flyers

The Giants celebrate one of Michael Forney's goals in Saturday night's game
The Giants avenged last weekend's opening Challenge Cup defeat by Fife

Belfast Giants avenged last weekend's opening defeat by Fife Flyers as they earned a 4-2 win in Saturday night's Challenge Cup game at the SSE Arena.

Matt Towe put the Giants ahead early in the second period before Justin Fox quickly levelled for the visitors.

Michael Forney restored Belfast's lead before the end of the second period with Brandon Benedict extending their advantage early in the last period.

David Turon replied for Fife before Forney's late empty-net goal.

Belfast dominated the first period but Fife netminder Shane Owen made a series of great saves, which included denying two fearsome one-timers from Giants player-coach Derrick Walser.

The breakthrough came in the fourth minute of the second period as English forward Towe, back with the Giants on a short-term deal after a three-year absence, fired to the net.

However, Fife were on terms within 17 seconds as Fox blasted past Stephen Murphy.

The game was an open affair at this points with remarkably, no penalties in the first 30 minutes of the contest.

Belfast regained the lead late in the second period as Forney fired past Owen after exchanging passes with Blair Riley.

Benedict extended Belfast's lead five minutes into the final period as he notched a powerplay effort.

Fife exploited a two-man advantage as Thuron struck to leave only one goal between the teams but Forney's second goal of the night in the closing seconds sealed Belfast's win.

The Giants open their Elite League campaign with an away game against Coventry on Sunday (17:00 BST).

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