Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe claims they’re moving on as quickly as possible after suffering their first defeat in 12 games in the Premier Sports Elite League at the Glasgow Clan on Wednesday.
The Giants were defeated 3-1 at the Braehead Arena after failing to turn their dominance into goals in the first two periods, with the Clan striking three times in the third period to steal the two points.
With a trip to title rivals the Cardiff Devils tonight (7pm) next, the Giants don’t have time to sit around feeling sorry for themselves, and Keefe has been delighted with his players’ response in practice.
“We’re just getting back to work, that’s all we can do. We can’t dwell on it. We’re not changing anything, there are just a few areas we need to get better at from the last game. There’s no panic,” insisted the head coach.
“After the game the guys were upset and down that we’d given up that one-goal lead in the third and lost the winning streak, but I didn’t want them to hang their heads for too long because we had a great month and a half there.
“So now what we need to do is bounce back by giving the same effort and same kind of performance we’ve seen over that time. The energy was great in practice. The guys look ready.”
There is an added layer of tension to tonight’s game at Ice Arena Wales after the drama of last Friday’s game at the SSE Arena, which the Giants won 1-0 but in controversial circumstances after the Devils had a seemingly good goal waved off inside the last minute.
“We expect Cardiff will have a good start with the emotion from the last game, so we need to be prepared,” added Keefe, whose side trail the Sheffield Steelers and Devils by three points at the top of the table.
“There’ll be a bit of hurt by that goal being taken back. That being said, for us these are all must-win games.”