Adey praises Belfast Giants after Cardiff victory
Published 07/10/2013 | 10:30
Paul Adey hailed the attitude of his Belfast Giants players after they claimed a second away win against the Cardiff Devils in the space of month.
Less than four weeks on from clocking up a 7-2 victory in the Welsh capital, the Giants returned and this time recorded a 4-1 win, with Kevin Saurette, Jeffrey Szwez, Robby Sandrock and Calvin Elfring getting the goals.
It had been a tight game with Saurette's 10th minute opener being cancelled out by Mac Faulkner in the dying seconds of the first period.
Szwez and Sandrock scored in the second period to give the Giants some breathing space and then, as Cardiff pushed for goals towards the end, they pulled goaltender Dan LaCosta while on a late powerplay.
Calvin Elfring finished into the empty net to ensure victory for the Giants.
"We had a lot of penalties to kill in the first period and we did a great job," said Adey.
"We didn't give up a lot four-on-five, but it came one after another and it came through the whole game and it was tough.
"We showed a lot of character and a lot of spirit
"To get a win in this game is a really big two points for us."
While the Giants might have scored more goals the last time they beat Cardiff, Adey looked at an improved performance from their last visit.
"I think we played better than the last time we were in Cardiff," he said.
"We had to use some guys a lot and maybe later in the game we were getting a little tired after we lost Chris Higgins in the third period.
"We fought through a spell of pressure they put us under and we got the puck out, made the right plays and did a really good job defensively too – particularly in the third period."
And Adey was happy with the all-round quality of his team as they prepare for this Saturday's clash with the Sheffield Steelers.
"We have three good lines, six good defencemen and a great goalie in Stephen Murphy," he added.