THERE’S no panicking from the Belfast Giants heading into a home doubleheader with the Dundee Stars and Coventry Blaze this weekend.
Despite last weekend’s horror show against the Sheffield Steelers that saw his side slip six points behind the Elite League leading Nottingham Panthers, albeit with two games in hand, coach Doug Christiansen believes his players will bounce back.
“It’s the business end of the season and we need to play better than we did against Sheffield. They’re a very good team and we don’t want to take away from their victory but the reality is we didn’t make them play to their best in order for them to win that game. If we are to achieve our goals we’re going to have to play much better than we did.”
Christiansen added: “There’s definitely no panic setting in, we’ve been here before in my first year as coach and again last year and the players who have been here know there is a lot of hockey still left to be played. We haven’t even gotten to the forty game mark and so for us, we know what we have to do and that’s win hockey games and to focus on improving as a club so when those big games come we’re fully ready, fully confident that we can go into tough buildings or defend our ice and get a result.”
Defenceman Will Colbert is back tonight after missing the last two weekends. Matt Towe also returns.