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Walser calls on Giants to step up

By Stuart McKinley

Published 15/01/2016

Missing out: Mark Garside has not made the GB panel
Missing out: Mark Garside has not made the GB panel

Derrick Walser has described the Belfast Giants' weekend battles with the Nottingham Panthers and Cardiff Devils as a test of character.

Walser is demanding a response after back-to-back defeats in last weekend's home double header against the Sheffield Steelers - and any players who don't step it up on this weekend's road trip could find themselves out of a job.

Giants Director of Hockey Operations Steve Thornton has spoken to a potential new signing and Walser will make a call early next week.

Walser is confident that his team can take two points from the Panthers tonight, before what he called a 'must-win' game against league leaders Cardiff tomorrow.

"It wasn't that we were out-coached or that Sheffield's structure was better than ours, we were out-worked and guys have got to work harder," said Walser.

"We're not far behind and I believe we still have a real chance of winning the league.

"If I think brining in a new guy will make others works harder than I will do it. I don't want to just sign someone because other teams are, but I don't want to wait and then not go for a player and then only go close at the end of the season."

Meanwhile, four Giants players have been selected by Great Britain coach Peter Russell for next month's Olympic Games pre-qualifying tournament.

Stephen Murphy, Jonathan Boxill, Craig Peacock and Colin Shields are included, but Mark Garside has been overlooked.

"I think Mark Garside will be missed by GB. He is very reliable at both ends," said Walser.

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