In a quirk of the Elite League schedule the Belfast Giants make their third visit of the season to the Cardiff Devils on Thursday night.
Paul Adey’s side have already recorded 7-2 and 4-1 victories in the Welsh capital and will look to consolidate their position at the top of the standings with another win.
The Giants moved into first place after a 7-4 success at the Coventry Blaze on Sunday to improve their record to 7-2.
“It was coming back in the game and never quitting that pleased me the most. Every time we got down by a couple of goals we found a way to score a goal to get back into it and I thought that if we could get that game tying goal we’d probably go on and win the game and we did. Once we got that lead we were never going to look back,” explained coach Adey.
Cardiff have struggled early in the season and languish in seventh place in the table having won just three of their eight games so far.
This week the Devils organisation announced changes to their lineup, with forward Phil Hill released and Gerard Adams retiring from playing to move behind the bench as Head Coach however Adey knows that all the changes will only make things tougher for the Giants tonight.
“I think we have to go into the game with the same attitude we showed in the two previous visits. They won’t want to lose to us again in their building so we’ll have to be ready,” added Adey.
The Giants other game this weekend will be a trip to Sheffield on Sunday but so far the coach is pleased with the start his team has made.
Adey added, “I like where we’re at. We’ve got points on the board and our biggest rivals still haven’t played against each other so we’ll have to see how that pans out. It’s early days obviously but we’re playing good hockey and we want to keep building on that.”