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Derrick Walser in favour of a Play-off rejig

By Stuart McKinley

Derrick Walser is excited as Play-off time begins for the Belfast Giants tonight.

The player-coach, however, believes that a change in format could bring even more excitement to Elite League fans.

The Giants face the Nottingham Panthers at the National Ice Centre this evening in the first leg of their Play-off quarter-final before the return tie on Monday evening, with aggregate scores deciding who will go back to Nottingham for the final-four weekend.

"I'm a traditionalist and I grew up with a different idea of what a Play-off is than we have here," said Walser.

"I don't mind the single game elimination in the final stages, but I'm not a fan of the two-game aggregate score format.

"If you have a bad first game it's ruined for you. If you are down three goals - or even one goal, depending on who you are playing - then it's over.

"I would like to see at least a best of three series where you have a chance even if you play badly in one game.

"It might extend the season by a week, maybe two, but it would be great for the fans and it would bring a higher level of intensity to the games at this time of the year."

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