Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Adam Keefe: I'll fight all the way to douse the Blaze

Geared up: Adam Keefe wants to leave Coventry a winner
Geared up: Adam Keefe wants to leave Coventry a winner

Adam Keefe is ready to go to 'war' with Coventry Blaze.

And the Belfast Giants captain is prepared to fight for the points in this weekend's double header if that is what is needed.

Keefe had a running battle with Coventry's Benn Olsson throughout last season and also went toe-to-toe with Mike Egener.

Both players are still on the Blaze roster and with the teams doing into battle twice in the space of 24 hours it is almost inevitable that sparks are going to fly.

Keefe has already been suspended for a total of seven games this season, but neither of his bans have related to fighting and coach Paul Adey won't attempt to shackle him.

If the going gets tough then Keefe is ready to get going.

"With it being a two-game weekend it's going to be a bit of a war in there," said Keefe.

"It is never easy going into Coventry.

"They will always play hard and we need to match that and play our best game."

With a two-point lead over the Dundee Stars and a five-point advantage on the Sheffield Steelers at the top of the Elite League table, the Giants will have an eye on the game between those two in Yorkshire this evening.

Adey's men reacted to last Saturday night's defeat in Edinburgh by crushing the Fife Flyers on Sunday, but that was a stand-alone Challenge Cup match and Keefe now wants a reaction this weekend.

"We had a major setback in Edinburgh. It just goes to show that the league has improved that much more and you have to show up and bring your best game every night," said Keefe.

"Especially with us being at the top of the league right now every team is going to bring their best against us."

Adey points to the Giants run of results away from home this season as a sign that his team is suited to playing in the more compact arenas like Coventry's SkyDome – where they won 7-4 back in October.

And he believes the team is ready for whatever challenges they may face tonight and tomorrow.

"We know it's going to be a big challenge and it's going to be a rough weekend in Coventry; it's not going to be easy," said Adey.

"They are going to want to close the gap on us. They have a few games in hand, so they will see this as a good opportunity to get close to the top of the standings.

"We are a good road team and we have proven that this year time and time again.

"We have gone into other rinks and played well.

"If you look at our three results in Cardiff in a small rink and a tough rink to play in against a pretty big, tough team, we got results. In Coventry we went in their and got another result in a small rink.

"We've played really well in the small rinks and we have a big enough team and a strong enough team to cope with anything that other teams throw at us.

"We also have a very good hockey team and I think that's where we win our games. If we keep our discipline and play smart we always have a chance to win."

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