Giants vow to show fighting spirit
You tend to get the measure of a team after defeats rather than wins, and it was a defiant Belfast Giants side that emerged from the Home Credit Arena on Thursday night.
Having just been hit for six in a 6-1 Champions League humbling by Czech aces Bili Tygri Liberec, the Giants responded with resilience in their comments after the game.
Understandably, the focus had already shifted to tomorrow's game against Augsburger Panther at the Curt-Frenzel-Stadion (4pm UK time) and, as such, the phrase 'bounce back' was prevalent in the post-game chatter.
"In the Champions League you've got to have a short memory," said forward Liam Morgan.
"You can't get too high or too low on the ups and downs and that's exactly what we're going to do. We're going to go in on Sunday and be ready for that game."
Head coach Adam Keefe added: "We've got to let that go now. That game's over, we didn't get any points. We talked about getting some points from this road trip, so let's go do that."
The Giants will spend most of today in Liberec, practicing before travelling to Augsburg tonight for tomorrow's game.
Having fallen to third in Group C, if the Giants are to keep their hopes of reaching the European knockouts alive, they need a result in Augsburg against a team that cruelly defeated them in overtime in last Saturday's game at the SSE Arena.
But the Giants are now in a situation they haven't been in before, and this is where the new-look roster will have to show a fresh side to their game.
So far, they've been able to ride the momentum of an excellent pre-season and two strong home results in the CHL. Now they have to prove they can respond to adversity in Augsburg.
"We're going to learn how we are as a bounce back team. That's our worst effort as a team so far, so going into Augsburg we're going to see what we're made of," said centre Ben Lake.
"We have a group of guys in here who are up to the challenge. We'll prove what we're made of."