Belfast Giants are still in title chase, says Walser
Derrick Walser is adamant that the Belfast Giants' 2-1 defeat to Braehead Clan on Saturday night hasn't inflicted fatal damage to their Elite League title hopes.
The Giants player-coach will now lead his team into a huge double header in Cardiff next Saturday and Sunday knowing that two regulation time victories will see them leapfrog the second-placed Devils.
And with a game in hand on leaders Sheffield, who are five points ahead, Walser has no intention of letting one defeat wreck the momentum gained from a six-match winning streak.
"Everyone counted us out a couple of weeks ago and I'm pretty sure people are counting us out now," said Walser.
"All we have got to do is just believe.
"Trust me, we are going to Cardiff, we're going to put out our best line up and it helps that at the minute we are pretty much 100% happy.
"We'll try to win one game at a time and see where we are after the Cardiff weekend and hopefully we still have a shot at it."
Walser had warned his players to keep their focus on the job in hand rather than letting thoughts of the Cardiff weekend come into their head, but they were behind within eight minutes when Brendan Brooks scored.
Adam Leavitt notched the second four minutes into the second period and despite a period of sustained pressure for the Giants it took Chris Higgins to net what was merely a consolation goal five minutes from the end.