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Saturday 26 July 2014

Belfast Giants go chasing Devil of a hat-trick

Away days: Paul Adey wants Giants to keep winning on road

Paul Adey wants his Belfast Giants players to produce the same kind of gutsy performance in Cardiff tonight that has seen them win twice in the Welsh capital already this season.

After edging their way to the top of the Elite League, Adey has his sights on a fifth successive victory that would put clear daylight between the Giants and the Dundee Stars at the summit.

The Giants have suffered just one defeat away from the Odyssey this season, with an impressive 23 goals scored in five matches.

The away record shows a fantastic 7-4 success in Coventry as well as those two wins against the Devils and Adey is urging his players to keep performing to that high level.

"Although this is our third time in Cardiff this season every game is different, but our attitude has got to be the same," said Adey.

"We have to go in with the same mindset and give everything for the full 60 minutes like we have done in the two other games there.

"Any win on the road is a good win and when you are going back to the same place and getting repeat wins it is great and it builds confidence.

"Cardiff is a tough place to go because it is a small, tight rink. Although you still only get two points a win in Cardiff is a bonus."

The compact Cardiff Arena – known locally as the Big Blue Tent – is usually an advantage to the home team, but Adey believes that his team has learned to adapt their game to the venue.

"Cardiff is the kind of place that if you make mistakes you will get punished for them, because of the smaller ice surface," said Adey.

"We need to make sure that we use the puck well and are smart with our plays."

The Giants will again be without the injured Chris Higgins this evening, but the American forward is edging towards a return.

"Chris won't play in Cardiff – maybe against Sheffield on Sunday," said Adey.

"He's been unlucky because he came back to practice and took a skate to his nose which needed stitching."

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