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Belfast Giants defenceman Kevin Raine named Elite League Player of the Week

Belfast Giants defenceman Kevin Raine
Belfast Giants defenceman Kevin Raine
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Belfast Giants defenceman Kevin Raine has been named Elite League Player of the Week after scoring three goals as the Giants won all three games last week.

The 26-year-old is not known for his prowess in front of goal, instead having a reputation for being one of the best stay-at-home d-men in the league, but it was his offensive capabilities that came to the fore last week.

After pulling off a sensational move to score the go-ahead goal in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Fife Flyers, Raine followed it up with two goals in Sunday's 6-3 win at the Coventry Blaze.

In total, the Ontario native registered 10 shots on goal in his 12 shot attempts over the three games, giving him an excellent shot conversion rate of 30%.

He combined that with his usual excellent defensive displays, being part of a defensive corps that conceded just five goals in their three games - with Raine only being on the ice for two of them.

"Things have been going well. Our winning streak is at six games now so we want to keep that rolling and try to keep things going well," Raine told the Elite League's official website.

"The message from (head coach Adam) Keefe was always the same when results weren’t going our way: play the same kind of hockey, and stick to the process.

"I think we’ve been getting bounces that we weren’t before, and if you look at last week I think we had 10 different goal scorers. So we’re getting productivity from everywhere, and we knew it was only a matter of time before things started to go our way."

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