Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

More to come from Belfast Giant's Szwez, insists Adey

Goal getter: Belfast Giants' Jeffrey Szwez celebrates scoring against the Nottingham Panthers earlier in the season

PAUL Adey has a message that is sure to send a chill through the Belfast Giants' Elite League title rivals.

Star forward Jeffrey Szwez has already banged in 12 goals in 22 games this season, as well as assisting on 11 others.

Adey, who brought the 32-year-old back to Belfast in the summer after three years in Germany, believes Szwez hasn't yet hit top form, but expects him to soon.

"Jeffrey Szwez has been playing great and the thing with him is that he is getting better every game," said Adey, ahead of tonight's battle with the Nottingham Panthers at the National Ice Centre.

"He was outstanding against Dundee with the way he attacked the net and I don't think he has hit his top level yet.

"He is the kind of player that relishes the big games and that's when the good players really perform.

"We have a group of players who really play hard in the big games and I expecting them to come to play against Nottingham."

Tonight's clash brings an end to a run of eight successive road games for the Giants.

Before it started just over three weeks ago, the doubters were waiting with baited breath for the Giants' title challenge to hit a stumbling block, but if anything the opposite has happened as they have clocked up six wins and only lost to the Edinburgh Capitals on the way to a five-point lead at the top of the table.

"It's been so far so good and getting two points on the road against Dundee on Sunday night was an exceptional result," said Adey.

"The guys have dug deep to get us the results, there is great determination in the team and they never quit.

"There is one more game to go in this run and we want to make sure that we finish it with the same kind of performance and result that we have got over the last month."

The Panthers face their fourth game in seven nights when they meet the Giants – their 13th since the beginning of November, with three of those in a Continental Cup weekend in Italy that ended 10 days ago.

And with Joe Jensen suspended for this evening's encounter, that's another factor impacting on an over-worked line up.

"They have a lot of guys on their roster and I think at one stage not that long ago they had 17 imports," said Adey.

"The suspension means that they can only play with 10 in this game, but we have had Jeff Mason and Darryl Lloyd out for the last couple of weeks which means we are playing with nine.

"They won on Sunday night against Cardiff and when you are winning games you don't feel tired."