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Walser aims to go on attack against young Stars

By Stuart McKinley

Published 24/09/2016

Crank it up: Derrick Walser wants the Belfast Giants to put a young Dundee Stars side under pressure from the start
Crank it up: Derrick Walser wants the Belfast Giants to put a young Dundee Stars side under pressure from the start

Derrick Walser believes the key to victory over the Dundee Stars at the SSE Arena tonight will be to put them under as much pressure as possible.

Twin victories this weekend - at home to the Stars before a trip to Glasgow to face Braehead Clan tomorrow evening - will all but put the Giants into the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup as they chase the first silverware of the season.

The Giants marked their historic 1,000th competitive game with a 5-3 victory in Dundee last Sunday night, but the player-coach is wary that the Stars' speed is capable of causing problems for both himself and his fellow defencemen.

For Walser the tactics will be to go by the old adage of attack being the best form of defence.

"They are like a lot of teams with the import goalies. You've got to get to the net on them, they try to box out really well," said Walser.

"I see them getting really strong as the year goes on because they have to learn the league also. For us we have to put as much stress and put them under as much pressure as we can and try to get as many pucks on their goalie as we can and try to get some by him to get a lead."

Despite the victory in Dundee last weekend Walser has been working on combating the Stars in the rematch and there will be no complacency on the part of the Giants.

"Dundee is a very young team with lots of speed, so it was a really good test and the guys battled through well," said Walser.

"Especially after the long travel day we had, we did a really good job."

Giants fans might get to see goaltender Jackson Whistle - son of former coach Dave Whistle - in action after he appeared on the bench last weekend.

Walser is awaiting news on whether he will be able to

"It could be this weekend, it could be next. I am hoping that it is this weekend," said Walser.

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