Giants still have plenty to fight for, says Walser
Derrick Walser won't allow his Belfast Giants players to go into their weekend double-header with newly-crowned Elite League champions Cardiff Devils thinking that they have nothing to play for.
In fact, it's exactly the opposite with the player-coach setting his sights on pipping the Devils for the Erhardt Conference title.
The Giants' slim title hopes ended when they lost 5-2 to the Sheffield Steelers on Friday night and Cardiff then beat the Steelers on Saturday to clinch top spot.
A 5-2 win over Coventry Blaze kept the Giants on course to finish second ahead of Sheffield and two regulation time wins next weekend would see the Giants leapfrog the Devils at the top of the Conference standings.
"I am proud of the guys," said Walser. "We are battling right to the end. Now we just need one more point to finish second. We're going to try for the Conference.
"We don't want to waste a week. We're going to continue to try to improve on some things and go to Cardiff and continue to play the right way, You don't want to take that weekend off and bring in bad habits."
Two second-period goals from Colin Shields were a key factor in the Giants' win over Coventry, with Chris Higgins, David Rutherford and Mike Forney also on target.