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Paul Adey tells Giants to show rivals no mercy in title drive

By Stuart McKinley

Paul Adey has revealed that there is no title talk in the Belfast Giants dressing room, because they are too focused on winning the games that will deliver the Elite League championship.

And the Giants coach is relishing the opportunity to put further daylight between his team and their title rivals when they face the Hull Stingrays at the Odyssey Arena tonight (7pm).

Victory will send the Giants 21 points clear of the chasing pack and Adey believes that would be a serious psychological blow to those trying to play catch-up.

"Nobody is talking about winning the league," said Adey.

"We know that if we are going to win the league then we have to keep winning our games.

"That's the goal for us this weekend, just to keep picking up the points.

"I would think that it's demoralising for the other teams every time they see us win, especially when they are dropping points like Sheffield, Dundee, Braehead and Nottingham all did last weekend," he added.

"We are the only game on Friday night and the other teams will be watching out for the result.

"If we win then it's more points that they have to make up and with the number of games left getting less and less it just keeps making things harder for them.

"That's the key thing for us to do. The other teams might have games in hand, but when you have the points on the board and you have a 21-point gap that's a far bigger advantage than games in hand."

Confidence is high in the Giants squad. They are now in the Challenge Cup final after Wednesday night's 3-3 draw against the Cardiff Devils saw them go through 10-4 on aggregate.

That match also saw the team set a new club record of 19 games without defeat in regulation time.

After two big wins over Sheffield last weekend Adey is expecting the same intensity when they face Hull tonight and the Fife Flyers tomorrow, also at the Odyssey.

And goaltender Stephen Murphy will be confident too as he has recorded four shut-outs in his career against the Stingrays.

"Both Hull and Fife are desperate for points and they will come out and play hard," said Adey.

"We have to be ready for that, but I've no doubt, given the way we've been playing, that we will be prepared."

Evan Cheverie is expected to return tonight after injury.

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