Giants poised for biggest week in club history
Doug Christiansen and his Belfast Giants players flew out of Belfast on Monday at the start of what is arguably the biggest week in the club’s history.
And they want to land back at George Best Belfast City Airport on Thursday having taken a major step towards securing two pieces of silverware.
The weekend went “exactly as we wanted” for Christiansen, as his team hammered the Sheffield Steelers 5-2 at the Odyssey on Saturday night to move to within a point of the Yorkshire men.
Sheffield’s 4-1 defeat in Nottingham means that when the Giants face the Steelers on Wednesday victory will take them to the top of the Elite League table — with a game in hand — with Belfast having four games to go.
Before that there was the not so small matter of a Challenge Cup final first leg against the Panthers in Nottingham after we went to press on Tuesday night — and when the Giants return they face home games against the Edinburgh Capitals and Newcastle Vipers on Friday and Saturday.
“Sheffield losing to Nottingham has obviously helped us,” said Christiansen.
“This weekend has gone exactly as we wanted and now we have a massive game in Sheffield on Wednesday.
“We’re now in a position where we wanted to be, where if we win then nobody can stop us. I hope that we can win in Sheffield and go to the top of the league and not look back after that.
“If we do win on Wednesday we’ll come back to Belfast on Thursday in first place and that would put pressure on Sheffield. They would have to win every game after that and hope that someone knocks us off.”
It wasn’t just that they beat Sheffield on Saturday — it was the way they did it.
There were two goals from Jeff Mason, Josh Prudden made it 3-0 before the end of the first period and two goals in a minute from Brandon Benedict and Prudden again had the Giants 5-2 up.