Challenge Cup: Belfast exit after 8-5 aggregate defeat by Cardiff

Belfast's Kevin Westgarth was handed a crucial penalty in the second period at the Cardiff Arena
Belfast's Kevin Westgarth makes a high challenge on Devils opponent Mark Richardson in the first leg

Belfast Giants suffered their fourth straight defeat as they bowed out of the Challenge Cup after losing 4-2 in their quarter-final second leg against Cardiff Devils in Wales.

After last week's 4-3 home loss, the Giants led the tie after early goals from Calvin Elfring and Mike Kompon.

But Brent Walton and Carl Hudson scored for Cardiff in the second period.

Further goals from Chris Culligan and Jake Morisette sealed an 8-5 aggregate success for the Devils.

The Giants looked on course for a memorable comeback triumph in the tie after Elfring's powerplay goal on 13:29 was followed by Kompon's strike 80 seconds before the end of the opening period.

Those goals left the Giants ahead in the tie as the first period concluded.

However, Walton levelled on aggregate in the sixth minute of the second period and Cardiff were back in the lead in the tie when Hudson made it 2-2 on the night with Kevin Westgarth and Jeff Mason both serving penalties.

Culligan scored Cardiff's third goal three minutes into the final period and Morissette piled on the misery with a fourth Devils goal on 50:06.

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