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Belfast Giants can clinch triple success, says Josh Roach

 

Belfast Giants defenceman Josh Roach
Belfast Giants defenceman Josh Roach
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Defenceman Josh Roach insists the Belfast Giants are capable of achieving a rare treble this season after they returned to the top of the Elite League for the first time since the start of January.

The Giants (36-11-2) won both games of their double-header against title rivals the Cardiff Devils (34-8-6) to go level on points at the summit last weekend, although the Welsh side have a game in hand.

It means Adam Keefe's men have battled back from 11 points behind just six weeks ago and are right in the mix for their first Elite League title since 2014, while they also have a Challenge Cup final against the Guildford Flames coming up on March 10 to look forward to.

And Canadian blue liner Roach believes that this group of players are more than capable of winning both titles and adding the play-off crown at the end of the season too.

"We're still in the hunt for three trophies and not too many teams can say that, so we don't want to take that for granted. We want to do what we can to stay where we are and be champions at the end of the year," said the 26-year-old Saskatchewan native.

"It's something special we've been able to do this year. We have a great group of guys in the locker room, every night someone steps up and has a big game for us and if we can keep doing that for the last 11 games then it'll be tight."

The Giants are on the road tonight at the Fife Flyers (face-off 7.30pm) hoping to carry through that momentum, and they could take sole possession of first if they win and the Devils lose to the Glasgow Clan at the same time.

"The beginning of the season was crazy for road games but we did a heck of a job staying in a competitive spot during that road swing," said Roach.

"It's a different mentality when you play on the road, you play simple, you grind it out and you do whatever you can to win the game.

"It'll be a big game in Fife, they'll come out hard because they're fighting for the play-offs and every game from here on out will be a high pressure situation.

"If we can stick to our game plan day in, day out then we'll be successful."

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