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Keefe forced to shuffle Giants pack as bans take their toll



Giants ace Spiro Goulakos

Giants ace Spiro Goulakos

Giants ace Spiro Goulakos

Belfast Giants defenceman Spiro Goulakos will miss Sunday's showdown with the Sheffield Steelers, ruling out a potential grudge match with rival Colton Fretter.

Both players were hit with lengthy suspensions after separate clashes during an ill tempered meeting when the teams last faced off seven weeks ago.

Goulakos was the victim of an ugly, late hit from Fretter at centre ice as he sought revenge for an earlier incident.

The fall-out from that forced the Elite League to overhaul the Department of Player Safety system and they have now come down hard on Goulakos for a second time.

He has been hit with another ban after being deemed guilty of a boarding offence described by the DOPS as "reckless" during Sunday night's defeat at the Guildford Flames.

He will now miss the next three matches, throwing Giants coach Adam Keefe's plan for the weekend into chaos.

Forward Brendan Connolly has also been suspended following an incident at the end of Sunday's game. The DOPS have banned him for one game, meaning he will miss Saturday's trip to Manchester Storm, after instigating a fight in the final two minutes of the game.

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Keefe already knew he would be without the banned Jonathan Ferland for Saturday's clash.

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