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Giants boss Keefe demands better on back of perfect run

By Stuart McKinley

Adam Keefe is determined to prove his Belfast Giants team can keep on improving - even after their perfect homecoming weekend.

Back-to-back victories against the Edinburgh Capitals and Braehead Clan at the SSE Arena after a 10-game run of away games have kept the Giants on the coattails of the Cardiff Devils, who are four points better off at the top of the Elite League table.

That table could look a little bit different by the time the Sheffield Steelers - who are a further four points behind the Giants - come to Belfast for a massive double-header on Friday and Saturday, as they face Manchester Storm this evening with Cardiff playing MK Lightning.

While they are in action the Giants will enjoy a couple of days off before Keefe and his players turn their attention finding a way past Sheffield's record-breaking goaltender Ervins Mustukovs, unbeaten in four games.

"I'm pleased with how the weekend turned out for us," said Keefe. "Obviously we still have some work to do to get better, but I think every team has got to get better week in, week out.

"As long as we continue to build and get better this week.

"We have to prepare for Sheffield next weekend now.

"I am certainly happy with a four-point weekend. There's not a whole lot to complain about after that. We have some work to do this week though."

After Friday night's convincing 7-2 win over Edinburgh, they had to do things the hard way against Braehead on Saturday.

Braehead led 2-1 with 14 minutes on the clock after goals from Jacob Doty and Tyler Shattock either side of a Blair Riley equaliser - all scored in the second period.

Spiro Goualkos sparked the comeback when he levelled with a ripping shot into the roof of the net and the Giants finally got their noses in front with just three minutes and 21 seconds to go through Steve Saviano on a powerplay. Matt Towe sealed the win 12 seconds from the end with an empty-net goal after Clan had pulled goaltender Ryan Nie in search of an equaliser.

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