Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Robins will strike it hot for Belfast Giants, says Steve

Steve Thornton is confident that the Belfast Giants will keep rocking to the beat of new boy Bobby Robins.

After starting the season on fire by banging in a hat-trick on the first weekend of the season, Robins carried that form until drawing a blank in the last two games.

That didn't affect the team though as six different scorers found the net in Sunday night's 8-1 win in Basingstoke which took the Giants to the top of the Elite League standings.

Now staying there is the task, with both Thornton's men and the second-placed Nottingham Panthers on the road this weekend.

The Giants are in Manchester tonight before the first meeting of the season with Coventry Blaze tomorrow evening while the Panthers have a double-header in Edinburgh.

"Bobby has been outstanding and he has settled in so quickly," said Thornton.

"He is not only new to this city, he is new to the league too, so I would have expected him to take a little time to find his feet.

"He started so well in the first weekend and has great throughout.

"He has kept scoring goals even though his line has changed because of injuries and there is nothing to suggest to me that he won't keep on scoring. The good thing is that there are other players scoring goals too, so when he doesn't get a goal it won't hurt the team."

Thornton will once again play this weekend with the sceptre of a nine-match suspension hanging over him.

The Giants appeal against the record ban — the biggest to be handed out to a single player for a single offence — has been on hold for over a week now, but finally there is light at the end of the tunnel, with a hearing expected to take place early next week.

It is understood that the Giants are questioning how an offence that merited a 2+2 minute penalty on the night against Newcastle, escalated into a nine-match ban within a matter of days.

"The appeals system was talked about at the league meeting on Wednesday and the league is now in the process of setting up a committee and laying down a procedure for appeals," said Giants general manager Todd Kelman. "Once they decide upon that something might happen. Steve will be the first appeal heard and in the meantime he will keep playing this weekend."

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