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Giants' week just gets better as star Saviano takes big award

By Stuart McKinley

Success just keeps coming for the Belfast Giants in a golden week for the team.

After winning the Challenge Cup on Sunday night, Steve Saviano's standout performance in the 6-3 victory over the Cardiff Devils has won him another prize, the Elite League's Player of the Week award.

Small in stature at only 5ft 7, Saviano gave a big performance in Cardiff as he registered four assists, most notably on David Rutherford's equaliser that tied the game at 2-2 and his driven pass for Matt Towe to put the Giants 4-2 up in the third period.

"It's awesome. I am so pumped," was 36-year-old Saviano's reaction to winning the award.

"I am happy for the guys and I am happy that I can help a little bit. It was a team effort to beat Cardiff and we all deserve this."

It is the second time this season that Saviano has won the Player of the Week award, also winning it in November after netting four times in a 9-3 win over Manchester Storm.

And he is hoping that this week's successes aren't the end for the Giants this season, with focus now turning towards the play-offs, which could bring the curtain down on Saviano's two-year spell in Belfast.

"I wanted to make sure we got a trophy before I left so it's a good feeling to bring that back to Belfast and hopefully we can go for another one," he said.

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