Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Belfast Giants boss lands new deal after title victory

Doug Christiansen is set to sign a new two-year contract as coach of the Belfast Giants.

The American has been rewarded with a new deal after leading the Giants to the Elite League title and he is expected to put pen to paper before next weekend’s two-legged Play-off quarter-final against the Dundee Stars.

Christiansen is urging his Giants players and the club’s fans not to treat the Stars lightly.

Saturday night’s 4-3 overtime victory against the Nottingham Panthers saw the Giants win the Elite League title by 11 points from the Sheffield Steelers.

As champions, the Giants will now face the lowest ranked of the eight Play-off qualifiers, but Christiansen is expecting two tough contests next weekend — at the Odyssey on Saturday night and in Scotland the following evening.

“We haven’t played Dundee since early January and they are a different team now,” said Christiansen.

“They brought in a forward called Mark Kolanos and he is third in the points-per-game standings.

“They have won five and lost one of their last 10 games so they are a team that is in good form and, of the three teams chasing that last Play-off spot, they are the best at this moment in time.

“Dundee will be confident because of that run of form, they have nothing to lose and there is no doubt that we will get their best shot.”

Craig Peacock struck the all-important goal for the Giants on Saturday night, following a dramatic 3-3 after 60 minutes, which wasn’t a typical end-of-season encounter.

“The things that a coach looks for were good so I was pleased,” said Christiansen.

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