Belfast Giants will give Cardiff Devils devilishly hard game
Robby Sandrock has issued a warning to any team hoping to catch the Belfast Giants on an off day – the Elite League champions aren't going to take their foot off the gas.
If any evidence of that was needed, the Giants have won all four games since clinching the title, with three victories over Coventry Blaze, as well as battling back to beat the Fife Flyers in overtime.
And that will have the Cardiff Devils – led by former Giants coach Dave Whistle – on guard as they arrive at the Odyssey Arena tonight (7pm face-off).
"The results that we have had since we won the league show the character that is in the team," said Sandrock.
"There may be people who will think with the league already in the bag that we are going to start taking it easy, but we've shown that it's not going to happen.
"There are no days off. We have an experienced team and we still have a job to do. Our motivation is the same as it has been right throughout the season.
"We practice hard every day and when each game comes around we show up and we want the two points, no matter who we are playing against."
Sandrock turns 36 on Monday – the eldest player is 37-year-old Calvin Elfring – but he is open to spending another season in a Giants jersey.
"Every year since I turned 30 – which seems like a long time ago – I have said that if a job opportunity came up that was too good to turn down then I would retire," said Sandrock.
"I don't have a job opportunity right now and I haven't really thought much about what I am going to do after this season.
"In winning the league I have accomplished the one goal that I had when I came back to Belfast.
"There is enough of me that would love to play for another year here.
"I have had a great time in the three seasons I have played in Belfast. I don't know what the future holds, but I wouldn't rule out being back here next year."