Belfast Giants coach Walser pleads his case for the defence
Belfast Giants coach Derrick Walser has praised his team's defensive determination as they try to make their mark in the Elite League title race.
The Giants face a huge game away to the Nottingham Panthers tonight, followed by a trip to Manchester tomorrow, and with key forward David Rutherford suspended for both games how the Giants perform in their own zone could be key.
Five wins in a row have shot the Giants into third place in the league and after that run was ended by a defeat in Sheffield last Sunday night Walser is determined to get back on track.
"The commitment to blocking shots was an issue last year," said Walser.
"The way we play the game is to try to give our goalies an opportunity to see the puck. With the pressure we're putting on other teams it's giving our goalies an opportunity to see the puck more."
While the Giants are on the road this weekend the SSE Arena will play host to the NI Connections Friendship Four Belpot tournament, with four American college teams battling it out for the prize. University of Massachusetts will be aiming to retain the trophy they won in the inagural tournament.
Friendship Four semi-finals (today): University of Massachusetts v University of Vermont (4pm), St Lawrence University v Quinniipiac University (7.30pm).
Tomorrow: Third place play-off (4.30pm), Belpot Final (7pm).