Elite League preview: Clan primed for revenge mission

Braehead Clan forward Scott Pitt says the team is fully-focused on getting points after disappointing results last weekend.

Defeats against Edinburgh Capitals and Manchester Storm dropped the Clan to sixth in the Elite League table, but they have an immediate chance for revenge when they face Storm again on Friday.

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“The mood in the locker room is definitely about getting those points back we lost and there was great disappointment about what happened last weekend,” said Pitt.

“There were points we expected and wanted – this weekend we have a lot to prove. We need a reaction for sure and we’ll definitely have it.”

Belfast Giants are also in action on Friday as they face-off against Nottingham Panthers.

The Giants are three points behind leaders Cardiff Devils and Player/Coach Derrick Walser has urged the team’s fans to help them keep up the pressure.

“I want the people of Belfast to know this is a team that support each other – they go at it every single night and we will be there until the end, I have no doubt in my mind about that,” Walser told Belfast Live.

“Just believe in us and we will keep believing in ourselves and we’ll be there right to the end.”

“We’re in it and hunting so we’re excited, the guys feel pretty good,”

“Looking at the schedule I think there’s a chance for us to make up some ground, all the games Nottingham are playing and all the travelling they’re doing, maybe we catch them on an off night and we can beat them.”

Sheffield Steelers welcome Braehead to South Yorkshire on Saturday aiming to stay in touch with the top two.

The Steelers are five points behind the Devils with a game in hand, but forward Luke Ferrara has warned league positions will count for nothing this weekend.

“It doesn’t matter if a team is mid-table, top or bottom, whatever the opposition we go and respect the skill and abilities of their players,” Ferrara told the Sheffield Star.

“We just have to do our jobs and make as few mistakes as possible and win.

“It does feel sometimes that we cannot afford to lose, but there is a lot of hockey left to play and we’ll take it one day at a time.

“We showed last weekend (in two one-goal wins against Coventry Blaze) that we are comfortable in close games and we think that we will be fine because we are on the right path.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Friday

Belfast Giants v Nottingham Panthers
Braehead Clan v Manchester Storm

Saturday

Belfast Giants v Dundee Stars
Coventry Blaze v Cardiff Devils
Fife Flyers v Manchester Storm
Sheffield Steelers v Braehead Clan

Sunday

Cardiff Devils v Sheffield Steelers
Dundee Stars v Coventry Blaze
Edinburgh Capitals v Manchester Storm
Nottingham Panthers v Fife Flyers

(Image permission: Al Goold Photo)

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