The Stena Line Belfast Giants fell to a 6-3 home defeat to the Manchester Storm on Sunday. Three unanswered goals in the opening period got the visitors off to the best possible start and never looked back, despite the Giants netting three times in the middle period.

Manchester opened the scoring at 4:40 when Luke Moffatt pulled a nice move to score on the powerplay, assisted by Dane Byers and Ryan Trenz.

Scott Pitt doubles the Storm lead at 9:04, assisted by Matt Beca before Matt Stanisz made it 3-0 at 9:45, assisted by Mike Hammond and Luke Moffatt.

Darcy Murphy pulled one back for the Giants at 22:04 with a cool finish, shorthanded. However Moffatt restored the Storm’s three goal advantage at 22:47, with a powerplay strike assisted by Dane Byers and Ryan Trenz.

A David Rutherford double brought the Giants to within one of the Storm. First up was an unassisted effort at 12:02 and then, 45 seconds later, the Giants third goal assisted by Spiro Goulakos and Blair Riley.

Ryan Trenz gave the visitors a 5-3 lead at the end of the middle period with a goal at 34:24., assisted by Matt Beca and Matt Stanisz.

Manchester scored their third powerplay goal of the game at 51:59 when Dane Byers took advantage of the special teams opportunity, assisted by Matt Beca and Mike Hammond.

Final Score:

Stena Line Belfast Giants 3-6 Manchester Storm

Giants Man of the Match:

#91 David Rutherford

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