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Belfast Giants coach Paul Adey hopeful of repeating unbeaten run

By STUART McKinley

Paul Adey is backing his Belfast Giants team to respond from having their nine-match winning streak ended by starting another run that will take them further ahead in the race for the Elite League title.

Although they lost 3-2 in overtime to the Dundee Stars at the Odyssey Arena last Saturday night – a first defeat since early December – the Giants still lead the way by a massive 12 points.

And as he prepares to welcome the Cardiff Devils tonight (7pm face-off) for the first part of a home and away double-header weekend, Adey believes that the mental strength in his team is such that a similar run – if not an even longer one – can now follow last weekend's loss.

"It's always tough when you lose one in overtime or on penalty shots," said Adey.

"We came up with a big goal late in the game to get a point out of it. I thought we deserved at least something out of the game.

"We can look at it as a loss or we can look at it as another game where we played 60 minutes and we haven't lost in regulation.

"I tend to look at the positive side of things.

"I think to go 10 games without losing in regulation is quite an accomplishment.

"We have the kind of team that finds a way to win and we can easily go on another winning run, there is no question about that.

"We have the right mentality in our room to do something like that."

The Giants record against Cardiff this season is almost perfect. There have been three wins in as many trips to the Welsh capital and although the Devils won in Belfast in November it was only on penalties and the Giants hit back 24 hours later with a 2-1 win.

The Devils general manager, ex-player Brent Pope, has taken over the coaching duties and there have been changes on the ice too,.

Andrew Conboy axed after being hit with a 12-match suspension for his attempted eye-gouge on Giants defenceman Jeff Mason. They have also brought in Phil Cook as starting goaltender, replacing Dan LaCosta.

"Cardiff are a bit of an unpredictable team. They play some good games and then they play some very average games," said Adey.

"Last time in here they played really well. Credit to the goalie they had at the time, LaCosta, he was the difference in the games.

"We won one of them and then lost one in a shot-out, so we took three out of four points and it was a good weekend for us.

"Overall we have played them five times and we have taken nine out of 10 points against them, which is exceptional because they are a good team and we know that it's going to be another tough weekend."

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