Walser confident that his Giants can home in on Play-off success
Derrick Walser is happy to put the theories of sports strategists and psychologists to the test as the Belfast Giants aim for Play-off glory.
The Giants host the Fife Flyers in tomorrow night's quarter-final first leg before heading to Kirkcaldy on Sunday and while it might fly in the face of those who think they know about these things, that is exactly how player-coach Walser wanted it.
There is a perceived advantage in having the second leg on home territory - indeed in Champions League football the group winners always play at home second against runners-up from another group and six of them progressed to the last eight.
Walser, however, is ignoring the theories and is instead trusting his own.
"We've worked all year to get into this position and I am happy to be at home first," said Walser.
"We wanted the right to choose what way round we would play the games.
"I didn't want home advantage in the second leg. Let's bring them here, go out and get off to a good start and then they'll have to come at us the next night."
The Giants' unique geographical position in the Elite League has played a rather large part in Walser's thinking. They are the only team that has to travel by air or sea to every away game and with that therefore being the case for teams visiting Belfast, Walser wanted to use it to his team's advantage.
"I wanted to bring them here instead of us having to travel for the first leg," said Walser.
"Let's have them travel and then we'll travel the next day for the second game."