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.
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My late father was a man who shared many pearls of wisdom to me. He would advise anyone who sought his opinion on this and that. One of the things he taught me was to give it all and put it on the line even if things are sometimes against you. I think you can apply that to whatever sport you play, it was certainly something I applied in the years I played competitive Sunday League football. That was a harsh reality.
Hockey is no different.
Heading into Hogmanay there were reasons to be cheerful for Dundee Stars’ fans. The previous week they had split the points in a home and home versus Fife Flyers and held out for an impressive road win against league title challengers Belfast Giants. With a record of 12-13-8 the much coveted .500 record, that will be crucial to any playoff aspirations, seemed well within reach. A look ahead at the schedule showed another home and home, this time versus Glasgow Clan as well as a home tie with bottom of the table MK Lightning. Whether the issue was too much turkey or not is still unknown but it felt like a different team returned for the year 2019’s first three fixtures.
A dominating home performance from the Manchester Storm saw them secure only a second four-point weekend of the season, courtesy of some relentless forechecking pressure. The hosts outworked and outplayed the visiting Fife Flyers for large parts of the game and not many would dispute the result. In what was perhaps the most committed and determined effort from the Storm, a 7-4 scoreline was somewhat flattering for the Flyers, who benefited from three powerplay goals.
6 periods, 2 overtime periods, a shootout, 5 netminders and 25 goals. For fans of both teams, it was spectacular, it was dramatic, but it was equally infuriating as the offence amazed, the defence collapsed, timeouts were called, goalies were pulled and at the end of it, both the Guildford Flames and Coventry Blaze came away with 3 points apiece.