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Keefe remaining positive despite starting Giants loss

 

By Stuart McKinley

Jackson Whistle lost a battle with his friend and former room-mate Riley Stadel that saw the Belfast Giants lose their war with the Dundee Stars. The ex-Kelowna Rockets colleagues went head-to-head in the penalty shoot-out that was required to decide Saturday's Challenge Cup game between the Giants and Stars, and after previously netting to level the scores at 1-1 early in the first period, Stadel stepped up and struck the only successful shot to give the Scottish side the extra point.

It was tough luck on Whistle, who was named as the Giants man of the match.

The Giants came within 27 seconds of claiming victory in Adam Keefe's first competitive game as head coach but Adam Harding levelled to make the scores 2-2.

That allowed Stadel to be the match-winning hero in the shoot-out as Brendan Connolly, Sebastien Sylvestre and Colin Shields all failed for the Giants.

"We're still trying to gel as a team and get the right combinations down, whether it be forward or defence," reflected Keefe.

"We are still trying some things with everybody and there are a lot new faces.

"We are still growing. The way that the league is now if you take a day off or a period off every team can make you pay.

"It's going to be a learning curve playing each team for the first time, but all we can worry about is ourselves and our own compete level.

"If we can all buy into the systems that we want to play and we compete hard like I think we can within the team then we'll give ourselves a great chance going into each game."

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