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Walser planning plenty of hard work after Belfast Giants lose at home

Ice Hockey

By Stuart McKinley

Derrick Walser has warned his Belfast Giants players that the calm will be followed by a storm after they lost their first home Elite League game of the season to the Cardiff Devils on Saturday night.

There was no knee-jerk reaction to the overtime defeat from the player-coach. The scheduled days off stayed in place, but when they return to the ice tomorrow morning the players will face a number of intense sessions ahead of two games at the weekend.

A home Challenge Cup game against Braehead Clan, which could dictate who qualifies for the knockout stages, will be followed by a league visit to Sheffield, where both teams will be looking to put down an early marker in the title race.

On the whole Walser was satisfied with the performance against Cardiff, even though the Giants only managed to get one point.

Three points from their first two league games isn't a bad return, but Walser is aware there are tougher battles looming.

"We're going to work hard. We're going to have a couple of days off again, take advantage of the one-game week to rest guys and get guys fresh then we're going to push the pace real hard this week and make sure we're ready to go," said Walser.

"Braehead are a good team, they have been struggling a bit, but they are going to find ways to win eventually and we've got to be aware of that.

"Then we're going to Sheffield where they're going to dictate the pace, they are going to come at us real hard.

"We've got to be able to make plays under pressure, we didn't do a good enough job on Saturday night so we are going to work on that this week."

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