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Belfast Giants want their fans to roar them on to a big finish

By Staff Reporter

The Belfast Giants are hoping that Friday night will be alright as they try to end the season as winners.

Steve Thornton's team will start their Play-off campaign 24 hours ahead of the rest of the Elite League after they announced that the home leg of their quarter-final battle with the Cardiff Devils will be played at the Odyssey Arena this Friday night.

And after a near capacity crowd of 7,178 packed into the building - the highest attendance of the season - for last Friday's final home league game against Coventry Blaze, the Giants are hoping for another bumper turn out as they try to use home advantage to give them a lead before travelling to the Welsh capital for the second leg on Sunday.

"It's clear that the fans make a big difference for us," said Thornton.

"It just gives the team momentum. Guys are motivated when they see a full house here when the noise is being made and we have the drums and people singing.

"You can feel it on the bench and it changes the atmosphere down there and guys want to go out there and put on a performance, whereas we've had games, like the game against Nottingham, where in the third period guys had to try to find a way to create their own intensity and create their own emotion and they couldn't do it and it didn't happen.

"In Play-offs we want as much of an edge as we can get and the crowd will certainly make a big difference."

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