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Saturday 27 December 2014

Belfast Giants aiming to set Play-off tone

No let-up: Cody Brookwell is urging the Giants to push on
No let-up: Cody Brookwell is urging the Giants to push on

The Belfast Giants players have no intention of taking their foot off the gas in their remaining eight league games of the season.

The title is already safely tucked away, but there is a determination within the team to go for a treble, with the Challenge Cup final against Nottingham still to come, followed by the Play-offs at the end of the season.

And that is why this weekend's two away trips, against the Fife Flyers tonight and Coventry Blaze tomorrow evening, are important, with both potential Play-off opponents for Paul Adey's team.

Fife are currently outside the Play-off qualification places and that, plus the fact that they are on a winning run, makes tonight's game a tough prospect.

"These are going to be important games for us to set the tone for Play-offs," said defenceman Cody Brookwell.

"We know that these teams are fighting for spots still, they won't make anything easy for us, so we've got to be ready."

Fife are just two points behind Cardiff – who are in the last Play-off place – and four adrift of Coventry, which makes this weekend crucial for them, even though it may be a case of fulfiling fixtures for the Giants.

Brookwell's defensive partner Calvin Elfring, however, won't be taking the Flyers lightly.

"Fife have won six in a row and I think seven of the last eight, you can't take anyone lightly especially when they are that hot right now," said Elfring.

"I know that we've been on a roll, but this is the colliding of two teams who are on a roll so you've just got to be ready to play hard."

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