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Giants building momentum in push for glory, insists Ward

Belfast Giants' Brian Ward
Belfast Giants' Brian Ward
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Centre Brian Ward believes the Belfast Giants have turned a corner after snapping their losing streak last weekend.

The Giants won their first game in seven when they defeated the Manchester Storm 3-1 at the SSE Arena last Sunday, and now they have their sights set on chalking off another milestone by recording their first away win of the season this weekend.

Adam Keefe's side face the Dundee Stars at the SSE Arena tonight (face-off 7pm) before heading back on the road tomorrow to take on the Storm.

And having ended their six-game skid, Ward is confident the Giants can maintain that momentum.

"Our overall enthusiasm and energy was higher last weekend. That's something that's good to see," says Ward, who is second in team scoring with seven goals.

"Once you start to gather some momentum, get some wins, guys start to realise how to win as a team. We're getting to that point.

"(Beating Manchester) was huge, especially coming back into league play. A lot of our losses were in the Champions League and the Challenge Cup, and we made it into the play-offs in the Challenge Cup, so they didn't hurt us too much.

"Now every game counts because it's league play. It's time to ramp it up."

Although Dundee and Manchester occupy the bottom two spots in the league standings at the moment, Ward isn't willing to look at this as an easy weekend for the Giants.

"We look at every team the same. We've lost to these teams already so we know they're good teams, they can play," he warns.

"If we want to win the whole weekend then we have to bring our best both nights."

Netminder Stephen Murphy could be in line for another start against the Stars tonight after his impressive displays against the Storm, while Patrick Mullen is the only skater unavailable.

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