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Belfast Giants got what they deserved for offensive shortcomings, blasts head coach Adam Keefe

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Whistle stop: Belfast Giants’ netminder Jackson Whistle saves from Dundee Stars’ Philippe Sanche. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

Whistle stop: Belfast Giants’ netminder Jackson Whistle saves from Dundee Stars’ Philippe Sanche. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

William Cherry/Presseye

Whistle stop: Belfast Giants’ netminder Jackson Whistle saves from Dundee Stars’ Philippe Sanche. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

The Belfast Giants got what they deserved in suffering their first home loss of the season against the Dundee Stars, according to head coach Adam Keefe.

Only a week after putting 13 past the Manchester Storm across two games on home ice, the Giants’ goal threats dried up against the Stars as visiting netminder Adam Morrison turned away 49 of the 51 shots he faced to backstop the visitors to a huge win at the SSE Arena.

At the other end, Jackson Whistle was actually just as impressive despite making only 20 saves, but he got little to no help in front of him, Dundee consistently getting in behind the Giants defence and, but for the GB international, it could have been a very lopsided scoreline.

Powerplay goals from Charlie Combs and Connor Sills, the latter of which came 5-on-3, cancelled out the Giants’ goals from Ciaran Long and Jordan Boucher, with defenceman Drydn Dow striking the game-winner for the Stars with 5:58 remaining.

As well as a first defeat on home ice of the season, it is also the first back-to-back losses of the campaign for the Giants after they were also beaten 4-2 by the Cardiff Devils on Saturday night, and Keefe was more disappointed than anything that he didn’t see a better response from his players to that defeat.

“Disappointing. After an effort like (Saturday) night, to come away with no points when we felt like we deserved more, to follow that up with the first five minutes (last night) and give up countless odd-man rushes against wasn’t good enough,” he sighed.

“Jackson kept us in it, and to not be able to find a response after those first five minutes, that was disappointing. We got what we deserved tonight.”

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The Giants have fallen to 6-5-0 on the season, six points behind Elite League leaders Sheffield Steelers with one game in hand and appear to be still plagued by the inconsistency they hoped they had solved against the Storm.

Their penalty kill contributed a lot to their downfall, going 1-for-3 on the penalty kill against the Stars and 2-for-7 on the weekend.

Combs had given Dundee the lead at 17:33 of the first, with Sills doubling the lead at 4:59 of the third after Long had tied it up with his fourth goal of the season at 16:27 of the second period.

But Dow settled it late on when he beat Whistle with a backhanded effort on the odd-man rush, meaning Boucher’s goal with 1:24 left on the clock — which came with a 6-on-3 advantage — was ultimately in vain.

“If we score more than two goals then we’re probably winning both games this weekend. We need to find more there,” blasted coach Keefe.

“If you’re only going to score two against teams then you need to be perfect defensively, and we weren’t all weekend. Five-on-five against Cardiff I thought we were damn good. That was the positive to take out of (Saturday). There weren’t a ton (yesterday).

“When you lose a game like (Cardiff), that should sting, and we should have taken that out on Dundee. We didn’t get the effort we needed and we need to change that this week.”


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