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Goodwin feels confidence growing after finally breaking Giants duck

 

On target: David Goodwin scores against the Clan
On target: David Goodwin scores against the Clan
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

For David Goodwin, goals in a Belfast Giants jersey proved to be very similar to London buses. You wait ages for one to arrive, and then two come at once.

Having joined the Giants in early November to replace Jean Dupuy, the American had an early impact on the roster in terms of his offensive creativity by racking up four assists in his first nine games.

Despite that, the goals tally remained blank. However, at the 10th attempt in Sunday's 6-1 victory over the Glasgow Clan, he was rewarded with not only his first but his second goal in a teal jersey. Goodwin admitted he felt it was long overdue.

"I feel like every game I've been getting a bit more confident. With every game the SSE has started to feel a lot more like home for me," said the 27-year-old winger.

"I'm just feeling more confident with the puck, holding onto it a bit more. Thankfully I was rewarded (on Sunday).

"I was just trying to stick with what I know has worked in my career. The last few games I thought I was getting a few good looks, so I thought if I stuck to what I was doing then I was going to get one. Thankfully I was able to get two."

Indeed, he was so comfortable on the puck that he even confessed he thought a hat-trick was on the cards at one point.

"I was looking for three but I'll settle for two," grinned the affable St Louis native.

"I had a couple of looks actually. We had that powerplay at the end there, I had a shot on it. It is what it is."

Goodwin breaking his duck for the Giants coincided with the team finding their attacking groove after a rough week that saw them shut-out twice at home by the Sheffield Steelers and Cardiff Devils.

Having been blanked in back-to-back games, the Giants responded by putting four past the Dundee Stars in a 4-2 win on Friday and followed that up by hitting the Clan for six on Sunday.

Goodwin believes that's the team getting their reward for following the plan outlined by head coach Adam Keefe, with their uptick in attacking output timed perfectly for tomorrow night's Challenge Cup quarter-final second leg at the Devils, with the Giants trailing 1-0 from the first leg.

"We've just been sticking with it. Keefer's been harping on about sticking with the process and I think we've been doing a good job at doing that as a team," praised Goodwin.

"It was our goal coming into the weekend, four points was definitely attainable, and we achieved that.

"Any time you can string together a couple of wins in a row there's a lot of confidence. Guys are positive, sticking together, everyone's involved.

"We're excited to get into Cardiff (tomorrow) night."

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