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Persistence has paid off for Belfast Giants’ Tyler Soy as he looks to finish incredible season in perfect fashion

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Belfast Giants’ Tyler Soy. Credit: Press Eye/Darren Kidd

Belfast Giants’ Tyler Soy. Credit: Press Eye/Darren Kidd

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Belfast Giants’ Tyler Soy. Credit: Press Eye/Darren Kidd

Tyler Soy has made a habit of scoring a few goals in big games for the Belfast Giants and they will hope he can produce a few more at Play-Off Finals Weekend.

The centre scored in an important 1-0 win over the Cardiff Devils in January and then got their first that sparked the comeback against the same side in the Challenge Cup final.

Last week, Soy added a third when he got the Giants’ only goal in the second leg of their quarter-final against the Coventry Blaze, with the Giants eventually progressing in a shoot-out, and he laughs when asked what his secret is under pressure.

“I wish I knew something others don’t!” he grinned. “I think it comes down to being persistent.

“It’s also about being in the moment in those games. It’s always going to be harder to score, harder to get to the net and get those chances. It’s about staying as focused as you can.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to score in those games. I’m happy to contribute but it’s all about the team being successful in those games, no matter who scores.”

The Giants could complete the Grand Slam if they beat the Dundee Stars in tomorrow’s semi-final, with either Cardiff or the Guildford Flames waiting in the decider, and Soy admits it would be a fitting way to end his first year back after the pandemic.

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“Last year, for me it was really hard. Where I was, there was no hockey, I barely got to practice let alone play games,” he recalls. “To go from that and then come and have the season we’ve had is incredible. It’s such a polar opposite to the previous year.

“We’re very lucky with the year we’ve had and how everything has turned out.”

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