Lewis Hook believes the Belfast Giants can turn the corner after losing three of their first four Elite League games as they prepare for a crucial weekend triple-header.
Hook’s team start with two home matches against his former employers, Milton Keynes Lighting, on Friday night and Saturday (both 7pm) at the SSE Arena before travelling to Coventry on Sunday.
The 22-year-old winger missed only one league game with the English outfit in two seasons with the club before joining the Giants over the summer.
Hook arrived in Belfast with an impressive CV, having represented Great Britain at under 20 level and he will be aiming for a place in the senior team, who will be competing in the top flight of the World Championship next year.
However, his immediate priority is to help lift the Giants off the foot of the table following their worst start for years.
The first two weekend games are particularly important as Milton Keynes are just two points better off and the Giants have played one match less.
“They’ve got virtually a new team from when I was there and a new coach (Doug McCay), who has NHL experience, so they are a good side, like everyone else in this league,” said Hook.
“They’ll be confident, having beaten Dundee last Sunday and they’ve got a good goalie, like most of the teams in the league this season.
“They’ve also brought in a few very experienced guys from Sheffield Steelers and elsewhere.”
Hook believes the Giants are in a false position and is confident they can arrest their early-season slump, starting this weekend.
“We may not have many points at this stage but I genuinely think we are starting to play well and we’ve been dominating possession,” he added.
“We have come up against some very good goalies so far but just haven’t been able to find the net as often as we’d like.
“Obviously, recent results haven’t gone our way and I’m not making excuses but when you look at our early form with four wins out of four in the Challenge Cup, I honestly think we’ll be okay, once we start finding the net again.”