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Scott Conway prioritising Giants’ success over individual acclaim

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Scott Conway

Scott Conway

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Scott Conway

Scott Conway isn’t going hunting for hat-tricks and yet they keep finding him anyway.

The Belfast Giants have recorded two trebles in 15 Elite League games this season and the centre accounts for both of them, his first coming at the Coventry Blaze and the second arriving in Sunday’s 7-2 home win over the Nottingham Panthers.

It’s been an outstanding start to his first campaign in the EIHL for Conway, who has been an offensive juggernaut in the first two-and-a-half months of the season, leading the league in points and scoring 18 goals and 40 points in 24 games.

But points are just a by-product of success for the 26-year-old, who was happier to see the short-benched Giants battle through a tough weekend and emerge with four points, moving them up to second in the EIHL standings.

“I’m just looking for plays. I’m not looking for hat-tricks all the time, I’m just trying to find that open guy and if he’s covered then I try to make plays by myself. Sometimes they just go in and it felt like that (on Sunday),” explained Conway.

“It’s a team game at the end of the day. I know a lot of guys focus on points but I really don’t care about them as long as we get the wins. I want to win a championship in Belfast.

“It doesn’t take one game, it takes the whole year. This was a big weekend in the context of our year but we aren’t going to stop here.”

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Sunday’s game was also memorable for Conway’s second goal, the GB international beating a defenceman to skate in on Panthers netminder Will Kerlin — who had replaced the injured Kevin Carr in the second period — and leave the goalie stranded on the ice as he slid the puck into the empty net for a highlight reel effort.

“What I remember is the puck was chipped in, the defenceman took me close and it was a short two-on-one, so he backed off to JJ (Piccinich). As he was driving to the net, I faked the shot and brought it to my backhand. The goalie challenged me and came out of his crease, so I brought it to my forehand and slid it in there,” explained Conway.

“It was big to get that goal. Props to the kid (Kerlin) for going in the net tonight, it’s not easy coming in cold and he played well.

“We just kept on clicking, our defensive play was very good and helped us establish a good offensive game. They took a few risks and we capitalised on those. That’s hockey.”

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