Belfast Giants ready for Dundee Stars challenge

Adam Keefe of the Belfast Giants in action against Scott Aarssen
Adam Keefe of the Belfast Giants in action against Scott Aarssen

It’s right back down to business for the Belfast Giants on Tuesday night as they face the Elite League’s bottom club Dundee Stars at the Odyssey Arena looking to get right back on the winning trail after Sunday’s loss at Braehead.

The Giants outshot the Clan in the game and created more chances but found themselves on the wrong end of the 5-2 score line.

“I think we just weren’t as clinical in the game as we were when we beat Braehead at home on Saturday.

“We had three or four glorious chances to take the lead, hit a couple of posts and missed a couple of empty nets.

“And we didn’t put the puck in the net and that’s been the problem over the last month especially in games on the road.

“We’ve been playing quite well and there have been a lot of positives from that but when you don’t score it’s difficult to win those games,” explained coach Steve Thornton.

His side remain in fourth place in the standings, five points behind leaders Sheffield who they will meet in a New Year doubleheader at home on Friday and Saturday nights.

So a win over Dundee would potentially set up the opportunity to move up to first place this weekend depending on other results.

“It certainly magnifies the importance of the game against Dundee, especially after losing on Sunday.

“But you can’t under estimate any side in this league because that’s when you’ll get bitten and they’ve had some good results recently.

“You don’t want to get into a position where you have to open up and chase the game so we want to start positively and get a lead and play our game.”

With five teams chasing the Elite League title, its one of the most competitive and exciting races in recent years with the standings changing on every result and currently only six points separately the sides involved.

Thornton added, “It’s been like that for the last six weeks now and we’re trying to close the gap at the top.

“And we know that teams are going to have good weekends and bad weekends, it’s just the nature of the league this season, teams are just too evenly matched.

“It’s tough for coaches, but we love this game. We really do,” he added.