Giants need to step up: Keefe
Adam Keefe believes that back-to-back home defeats against the Sheffield Steelers will act as a wake- up call for the Belfast Giants.
After going down 6-2 in the first instalment on Friday night, the Giants couldn't do much better on Saturday, losing 3-1 to the defending Elite League champions.
Giants captain Keefe is now warning the rest of the players in the locker room that they have to step up or risk their title challenge coming to a premature end. They are currently in third place in the table, now seven points behind leaders Cardiff, but with three games in hand.
"These are the times where you are either there at the end or you separate yourself and start dropping in the standings," said Keefe.
"We need to wake up and we need to bring that energy to each weekend. We have to be a team that works others, not the other way around.
"If things aren't going our way and we aren't scoring goals then we've got to simplify our game.
"Sheffield were champions last year for a reason and we have to take lessons out of this weekend.
"There is still a lot to play for and now we have to come back in, have a good week of practice and go to Nottingham and Cardiff next weekend and have good solid road games."
The Giants did take an early lead in Saturday night's game, when Brandon Benedict scored, but Jeff Legue levelled before the end of the first period.
Tyler Mosienko and Mathieu Roy scored in the second period to win the game.