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Giants can turn tie on its head in Belfast: Leonard

 

Defenceman Curtis Leonard
Defenceman Curtis Leonard
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Despite being a goal down at the halfway point of their Challenge Cup semi-final against the Glasgow Clan, defenceman Curtis Leonard isn't worried about the Belfast Giants' chances of reaching the final.

The Giants were beaten 2-1 at the Braehead Arena in the first leg of their last-four tie, but Leonard, whose tape-to-tape pass set up Kyle Baun for Belfast's only goal of the game, insists they're not approaching the second leg, which will be at the SSE Arena on February 14, in the mindset that they have to overturn the result in Glasgow.

"It's not what we want, we wanted to come out with the lead going into the second leg of this series, but we're within a goal and we have the capability to score a bunch of goals, so I don't think anyone is too down," says Leonard.

"We're confident going back home in front of our home fans we can bury a couple early and get this tie back on track."

One thing that the Giants do have to be aware of is the aggregate system, which is unfamiliar to most of the import players on the roster, who are used to playing best-of series back in America.

However, Leonard believes the fact it is a one-goal game makes it a much easier prospect for them to keep a track of.

"It is different, it's effectively an 120 minute game, but we're only one goal down. We know if we win the next game it's at least going to be pushed into extras, so we're confident there," says the Ontario native.

"I don't know how everyone else looks at it, but I look at it as we need to win one more game here and that's what it comes down to. We win one more game, we go through."

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