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Francis Beauvillier vows to beat the cold by turning up the heat over his Belfast Giants scoring exploits

 

By Adam McKendry

Having grown up in Quebec, Belfast Giants winger Francis Beauvillier is more than used to the cold that is beginning to creep in as December rolls around.

The former sixth round NHL draft pick laughs when it's put to him that the temperature has taken a turn for the worse, however he becomes more serious when it comes to talking hockey, particularly scoring points.

While his output for the Giants - eight goals and 14 points in 25 games - isn't a bad tally, the 25-year-old admits he hasn't been happy with how he's approached games.

"I need to work on my game to be physical, bring my speed and not put too much pressure on myself," says Beauvillier.

"When you look at the stats, you always want to score more but it doesn't work that way. If you put too much pressure on yourself then you start thinking too much about scoring, you don't think about what you're doing on the ice, and that's what I've been doing recently and it's not a good mindset.

"I need to get back on track, play my role and if it comes, it comes."

At the weekend he made a key contribution for the Giants, scoring twice and adding an assist as Belfast split the points in their double-header with the Sheffield Steelers to keep them top of the Elite League by a single point.

Sunday's 4-2 loss at the FlyDSA Arena ended an 11-game domestic winning streak, however Beauvillier insists that the Giants need to leave that game in the past and start a new run.

"That was a great stretch we were on but Sheffield were ready for us," admits the Canadian.

"They didn't play that week, we did, and in that second game we didn't start the way we wanted and they took advantage.

"Although we lost, we need to take a lot from it and begin another (streak). We've been on the road a lot, but we'll be back at home soon and we have to go on another stretch there and be good for the rest of the year."

The Giants have two games of their massive 17-game road trip remaining, starting tonight at the Dundee Stars (face-off 7.30pm, live on FreeSports).

So far this season, Belfast have won five of the six meetings between the two teams, including an 8-0 win in Dundee a week ago in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals, but Beauvillier is still expecting a tough test.

"They know what to expect from us and we know what to expect from them," says Beauvillier.

"We'll go there with confidence but we don't want to be too confident as well, we have to be humble because Dundee are a good team."

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