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Giants eyeing more road success after ending losing skid: Hamilton


Curtis Hamilton
Curtis Hamilton
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

For the first time this season, the Belfast Giants head on the road without the monkey of still searching for that first away win on their backs, as they aim to make it four wins in a row at the Fife Flyers tonight (7.30pm).

Adam Keefe's side finally broke their duck outside of Belfast with a 6-5 shoot-out victory at the Manchester Storm on Saturday, moving into fifth in the Elite League with a 5-1-2 record.

Despite their early season struggles, the Giants are still positioned well in the league, holding the best win percentage and having several games in hand over their rivals at the top.

And now, with the mental block of having not won away from home behind them, there is the belief that the team can really kick on.

"The game on Saturday almost slipped away from us, but we dug in and got the win. That's our first (away) win, so hopefully a few more come now and we continue to figure it out a bit more," says forward Curtis Hamilton.

"We've positioned ourselves all right. Keefer keeps on us about the standings and how we lie, how important every win is. We just try and come out and get wins. It is a long season, we've still got a long way to go.

"When you look at it in terms of wins and losses, you can say (we're doing okay), but I think there's still room for improvement.

"We still haven't seen our best game yet. A little consistency will be good for this team."

Last weekend proved to be a big one for the Giants' offense, which broke out for 12 goals in regulation across their two games, while Saturday's win was also pivotal for Hamilton, who broke an eight-game scoring drought by smashing an impressive hat-trick against the Storm, improving to a team-leading 12 goals on the season.

"We have been a bit snake-bitten on offense, but we got a couple of lucky ones, which is nice. And you need that. Hopefully we can get a few more like that and keep going," added Hamilton.

"I'm just trying to focus on shooting the puck, making myself available and taking my chances. I had chances the night before too that didn't go in."

Tonight the Giants are at Fife for FreeSports' first live offering of the season, taking on a Flyers side who have already beaten them 5-2 in Kirkcaldy this year.

Since then the Flyers have gone on a rough run, losing seven of nine, but Hamilton won't be fooled into thinking that makes them any less dangerous.

"It should be a tough game. Our last game there was real tough, there's lots of hitting there," explains the winger.

"Another good start to the game will be the most important thing for us as a team. Hopefully we can get two points back from them tonight."

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