Last weekend was a real roller coaster of emotions for the Belfast Giants. From being on the cusp of Continental Cup glory, the Giants suffered heartbreak in the worst way possible: a penalty shootout loss. But there’s always a bounceback around the corner, and this weekend gives Adam Keefe’s men the best chance of erasing that unlucky loss out of their systems. However, it will not be far from easy.
It’s another huge weekend for Adam Keefe and his Belfast Giants as they chase their first trophy of the season. The Giants are in the Super Final of the IIHF Continental Cup, bidding to become the second Elite League winners of the prize after Corey Neilson led the Nottingham Panthers to success in 2016-17. Most people view the Giants as the outsiders of the four finalists, but anything is possible. Here’s our preview of the tournament; which is being held in the Odyssey (or SSE Arena for commercial branding), Belfast this weekend.
The Cardiff Devils come into this weekends matchups against the Manchester Storm and Fife Flyers in top spot of the EIHL, just one point above the Belfast Giants who have title ambitions of their own, in what could be one of the tighest races to the finish line in league history.
Cardiff took over the top spot following their 4 – 3 victory over the Guildford Flames on New Years Day, and with a game still in hand over the Giants, they could really push on with their charge this weekend.
Not all roads to your destination are smooth, trust me, I’ve driven (well had driving lessons) in the UK, I know all about bumpy roads.
The Cardiff Devils may have had a somewhat smooth ride of things over the past two years, but they’ll have a big test Friday night when they welcome the Glasgow Clan to the Viola Arena in the second leg of their Challenge Cup quarter-final.
After a a bitter weekend that saw the Fife Flyers only manage to take away two points out of a possible six in week 9 of Elite League action, week 10 is shaping up to be slightly brighter with a road win away to Cardiff already in the books and another 2 points will be up for grabs on Saturday 10th as the Flyers take on Manchester Storm.
The Fife Flyers face some stiff competition in week 9 of EIHL competition with one home game against the Belfast Giants on Friday and hitting the road to face off against Manchester Storm on the Saturday and Coventry Blaze on the Sunday. Fife have faced off against all three of these teams and have the opportunity to earn the 6 points and keep them firmly in the number 1 spot.
This Sunday at the Guildford Spectrum a rivalry is renewed. For the first time this season, the Flames will be taking on the team beat them to the Patton Conference based on number of games won in regulation time last season after finishing level on points – The Manchester Storm.