The Stena Line Belfast Giants end their seven game road trip this weekend in Scotland. On Saturday the Giants take on the Fife Flyers, face-off 7:15pmbefore facing the Edinburgh Capitals at 6pm on Sunday. The Giants then return to home action for the first time in one month against the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday 10th December, 7pm.
Last weekend the Giants posted a shootout loss in Nottingham, taking a point after coming back twice in the game from one goal down. However it was the 5-1 loss in Manchester that ended the English road trip on a our note.
“This weekend we need to play fast and get back to the basics,” said Adam Keefe – speaking after the Giants practice session ahead of games vs Fife and Edinburgh.
“We need to outwork teams and we were outworked on Saturday in Manchester. It was unacceptable and we know that as a team – the players know that first and foremost.”
“It’s time to write a wrong and that’s what we’re looking to do. We’ve had a good week of practice and are feeling good going into this weekend.”
The Giants currently lie in third place in the Elite League standings with 20 points from 17 games with the second placed Sheffield Steelers on 20 points from 14 games.
Captain Keefe knows just how important these upcoming games are with the Cardiff Devils occupying top spot, 13 points head of the Giants, however the Welsh side have played three games more.
“The way it is now – every weekend is really important in this league with how tight and close the league is. Cardiff is slipping away from everyone so we need to take as many points off them as we can.”
As for this weekend’s Gardiner Conference opposition, the Fife Flyers sit right behind the Giants in fourth place with two points less and the Edinburgh Capitals are ninth with 13 points from 14 games. This weekend will see the Giants travel long hours on their way to the games in Scotland, however Adam Keefe remains focused on the task in hand,
“This weekend is a little bit tougher with the travel. Fife is a tough arena to go into – we will worry about Fife first and take it one period and one shift at a time and try to out work them – that is the goal right now.”
Following the two road games vs Fife & Edinburgh – the Giants return to home action against the Sheffield Steelers on Saturday 10th December as well as vs Nottingham Panthers on Saturday 17th December. Face-Off for both home games at The SSE Arena, Belfast is 7pm and tickets are available from the Arena Box Office either in person or by calling 028 9073 9084 as well as online from Ticketmaster.