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There will be no brotherly love on display from Belfast Giants forward Evan Cheverie this evening - instead he will be locked in a family rivalry far from home.

Canadian goalscorer Cheverie will face his goaltender brother Marc when the Giants take on Dundee Stars at the Odyssey Arena (7.00pm) and after missing out on scoring past his younger sibling in the opening game of the season last month - because Marc was off the ice at the time - Evan is determined to get a goal this time.

That won't be easy as 27-year-old Marc has a proven track record and was drafted by the the Florida Panthers eight years ago, but never actually played in the NHL.

Uppermost in Evan's mind, however, is putting two more points on the board in order to make it as difficult as possible for either Coventry Blaze or the Sheffield Steelers to overtake the Giants, who are two points clear at the top of the Elite League standings with two more games played, while they are in Germany on Continental Cup duty next weekend.

"We are seven years apart and it's crazy to think that we are playing against each other," said Evan. "When we look back we played street hockey as young kids and now we are playing against each other professionally - it's pretty cool.

"I did have a goal against him the last time it was an empty-net goal, so it doesn't quite count," Evan added.

"There is a little extra motivation there maybe, but I don't really think about it when I am on the ice. If I do happen to score, which I will try to do obviously, I'll be happy about it, but as long as we win the game that's the big thing. We are after the two points, Dundee are a tough team, they are going to be hungry and we have to be ready.

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"We are in different conferences, so I want him to do as well as possible, but when we are head-to-head we are both going to compete and hopefully Belfast wins."

As well as the Giants leading the way as they go about trying to retain the Elite League crown, Cheverie is out in front in the scoring charts too.

He has hit four goals this season, as well as clocking up an impressive 12 assists in just 11 games, to put his four points ahead of his nearest rival - which just happens to be his fellow Giant Ray Sawada.

Sawada was on target last Saturday night when the Giants completed back-to-back wins over Cardiff Devils, which was the perfect response to the previous Sunday when they went down 6-1 to Fife Flyers.

"We had a setback against Fife, but came back and won the two games and that will rebuild our confidence going into this weekend and I think it's beneficial for us," said Cheverie. "It's just good to get the feelgood factor rolling again and hopefully we can get another win."


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