Giants aiming to overturn Cup deficit
Derrick Walser has promised that the Belfast Giants will throw everything at the Cardiff Devils as they chase a place in next month's Challenge Cup final.
The Giants face the Welsh club in the second leg of their semi-final clash at the SSE Arena tonight and the player-coach is ready for "war".
Cardiff lead 5-3 after a pulsating first meeting two weeks ago and Walser believes that getting the first goal is crucial if the Giants are to overturn that deficit and book a place in the decider against either the Nottingham Panthers or Sheffield Steelers - who meet in a massive double-header tonight and tomorrow in the other last-four meeting.
"It's going to be a war," declared Walser.
"This is a one-game play out. I know we are down by two goals, but our biggest thing is just play smart and get the first goal.
"If we get the first goal it will put them on their heels."
Despite being behind, Walser is confident that home advantage and a larger ice surface can help the Giants go through.
"It can be done. I believe we are a better team on a bigger rink and we are going to come out with some serious energy and go after it as much as we can," said Walser.
"If that means we don't score until late in the third period, but we are going to chase this down as hard as we can."
David Rutherford is expected to return to the Giants line-up after missing out at the weekend.