Another full schedule of games take place tonight in the Elite Ice Hockey League, with five matches to choose from!
The second instalment of this fixture in as many nights has the Giants going for their fourth win over the Lightning this season already.
“We had a tough game last Sunday against Cardiff but we fought right back and we’re feeling good. We also had two tough games in Belfast earlier this month but we must forget what happened and be ready. We’re getting better with every single game as a team.” Georgs Golovkovs (Forward, MK Lightning)
“We have to be better, last night we were a little sloppy so we have to improve that. This is a hard building to play in and I’m sure it’ll be louder tonight.” Adam Keefe (Head Coach, Belfast Giants)
19:00 Glasgow Clan vs. Coventry Blaze (Tickets)
Glasgow Clan will want to back up their win over the panthers last night a Blaze team only a point below them in the overall standings.
“Our confidence is high, but we know Coventry coming here will be an equally hard game. We lost when we played down there so we definitely want to right that wrong. Blaze are always hard team to break down and they’ve got a good goalie and good players throughout their team that will be difficult for us to get the better of. I’m sure it will be a good game for the fans.” Matt Haywood (Forward, Glasgow Clan)
“It’s our first trip up to Scotland. It’s important we build off our win on Sunday and string back to back results together now. It’s was good to see us find the back of the net a bit more on Sunday and hopefully that carries through. It’s a big weekend for us, and our focus is on Glasgow and playing the right way for 60 minutes.” Danny Stewart (Head Coach, Coventry Blaze)
The Storm and Stars are only separated by a point in the league table around the last playoff place, with the visitors looking to get only their second regulation win of the season.
“Dundee pose a major threat, they transition well and have great speed. We have to make sure we manage the puck and get inside on their D or it could be a long night.” Ryan Finnerty (Head Coach, Manchester Storm)
“It is always a tough place to play in Altrincham. Smaller ice and a bit less time to make plays. We will need to make our plays faster and harder.” Omar Pacha (Head Coach, Dundee Stars)
Tom Barrasso’s search for his first Steelers win takes him to Cardiff, where the Devils have four league wins on the bounce and took Swedish champions Växjö to overtime midweek.
“Games against Sheffield are always tough. It doesn’t matter where they are or where we are in the league table, there is no such thing as an easy game against the Steelers. In my time here they’ve been our biggest rivals and the games are always special. I think they’ll be desperate to prove themselves against us on Saturday and I’m expecting a very difficult game but also a great hockey game in front of a sold out Ice Arena Wales which is always special. It’s important for us to get back to EIHL hockey now that we’ve finished our CHL games.” Andrew Lord (Head Coach, Cardiff Devils)
“It was good to get my first game back on Wednesday even though the result didn’t go our way. We know the task ahead of us on Saturday, right now Cardiff are the team to beat and are playing some great hockey in both the CHL and Elite league. We certainly will have to be switched on and focussed for 60 minutes. On ice discipline is key, the Devils have a great power-play and we are struggling to score goals so we can’t afford to get into a shoot out down there. All the guys though are buying into the new coach, on Wednesday we had two bodies return and there is a chance some more troops could be returning at the weekend. I think we will be a different team once we are at full strength.” Robert Dowd(Forward, Sheffield Steelers)
The Panthers’ Scottish road trip continues on to Fife after the visitors went down by three goals last night in Glasgow. It’s now two losses in a row for the Panthers who find a Flyers side waiting for them that’s won their last seven straight league games.
“We didn’t skate well enough last night, we didn’t support each other with pucks or defensively and after they (Clan) got the lead we once again got individual. There has to be a lot more urgency put forth, starting against Fife, in the way that we’re playing right now and there has to be some solutions found to play as a unit of five.” Rich Chernomaz (Head Coach, Nottingham Panthers)