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Double defeat leaves Belfast Giants on the slide

By Stuart McKinley

Derrick Walser has vowed to work to sort out the 'holes in our game' after back-to-back defeats to the Cardiff Devils left the Belfast Giants' Elite League title hopes hanging by a thread.

A 4-3 loss on Friday night was followed by another narrow defeat when the Giants went down 3-2 on Saturday night and after the two victories the Devils are now seven points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.

"They are a good team and we have holes in our game we have to fix and we need to work together to get it done," said Giants player-coach Walser.

It is, however, looking increasingly likely that the Giants will be forced put their efforts into a shot at the Play-off title.

With their fate very much in their own hands Cardiff are now clear favourites to lift the Monteith Bowl.

Walser will take his team to the Welsh capital for a double-header on the final weekend of the season, meaning the destination of the title will remain in the melting pot if the Giants are within three points by then, but that means getting favours from elsewhere.

Taking five penalties in the opening period hurt the Giants and they were 2-0 early in the second. They rallied and levelled thanks to a powerplay goal from Blair Riley and David Rutherford's penalty shot.

Another penalty led to Cardiff scoring their winner early in the third period.

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