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Giants cannot allow levels to drop, warns Keefe

 

By Adam McKendry

Three matches down in the Belfast Giants' enormous 16-game road trip and they have four points to show from it.

Two wins over the Lightning in Milton Keynes opened the weekend before they came unstuck against the Guildford Flames on Sunday, a 3-2 loss snapping their winning streak at eight.

Guildford, having not played earlier in the weekend, rode their fresh roster to victory, leaving Giants coach Adam Keefe with mixed feelings.

"Two good wins, but they were against a struggling Milton Keynes side," said Keefe.

"(Sunday) would have been nice, I thought we deserved more from it but we lost the special teams battle and you can't do that.

"I thought we were pretty good considering we were three (games) from three (days) and Guildford were sitting at home waiting for us.

"We need to be a little smarter with our play in these scenarios, obviously we took too many penalties, they got three powerplay goals and we got one - that was the game."

Next week, the Giants continue their away trip with two more testing games against the Manchester Storm and league leaders the Nottingham Panthers.

Keefe, who will be hoping to bring Jim Vandermeer, Colin Shields and Patrick Dwyer back onto the roster, is expecting another big test for his side to overcome.

"More of the same," he said of what he's expecting. "It's going to be tough, just like it was (last weekend), and we're going to need more guys to step up."

Meanwhile, the final team in the Giants' Continental Cup group for next month's third round has been confirmed.

Italian side Ritten Sport complete the line-up for Group E in Belfast alongside the Giants, Medvescak Zagreb (EBEL) and GKS Katowice (Poland).

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