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Giants will be to the four, says Keefe

 

By Stuart McKinley

Adam Keefe has already suffered major Play-off disappointment once - and he is in no mood to be frozen out for a second time.

Last year the Belfast Giants captain spent the Final Four weekend at home while the action was happening in Nottingham - even turning down an invite to attend as a guest.

This time he is determined to be there and he is setting out with the intention of lifting the trophy.

"We fell short in the other two competitions, but there is a third up for grabs now and we are ready to show that we have the team to win it," said Keefe ahead of the quarter-final weekend against the Fife Flyers, with the first game in Belfast tonight.

"I firmly believe that we do have the team to win it.

"We have the talent and the skill to beat every team in this league and we have shown on many occasions this season that we are good enough to win big games.

"Now it's Play-off time, we are going in with some momentum, our guys are excited and they will be ready to respond in the right way."

Keefe is well aware of the threat that Fife will pose to the Giants' Play-off ambitions.

The six Giants v Flyers meetings this season have all been won by the home team and with player-coach Derrick Walser wanting to play the home leg first the onus is on the Giants to get themselves a healthy advantage tonight.

After being stuck at home on the big weekend last season Keefe is ready to go all out to avoid a repeat.

"It was gutting to miss out. I was offered the chance to go with the Giants officials to watch, but I declined it. I don't want to be there just to watch," said Keefe.

"That's my first experience of missing the Play-off weekend and I don't want it to happen again."

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