Manchester Storm netminder Matt Ginn is hopeful his team can end their poor recent run of form and end Nottingham Panthers’ streak also.
It’s six straight losses versus six straight wins when in-form Panthers return to Altrincham days after their 6-1 Challenge Cup win over Ryan Finnerty’s men.
And Ginn says this Saturday’s rematch is one that doesn’t require a lot of extra motivation as they look to secure some much needed points.
“They’ve been scoring a lot of goals recently, including against me, but hopefully that’s something we can put an end to on Saturday,” he said.
“It’s a good test, as a goalie and it’s easy to get up for so it’s a chance for us to try and stop this little run they’ve got going on.
“I think everyone knows we’ve been struggling in the last couple of weeks, but we’re staying positive. It’s a good test against a team like Nottingham, who have been playing well.
“They embarrassed us on Tuesday in the Challenge Cup so it’s a good game for us to bounce back and get some points on the board.
“The fact we play them again so soon, I don’t think, matters. We just have to focus on our own game and we know if we play well, we know can play with anyone in the league.
“On Tuesday, I thought we played pretty well in the first half of the game, but it got away from us later on. But if we can put in that full 60, we’ll come out in a great spot.”
Ginn also took us into the Storm locker room and insists, despite recent setbacks, the mood is still a positive one, preferring to concentrate things that have gone right.
And he believes everyone, including his coach, Ryan Finnerty, has the right attitude to get them out of their sticky run.
He added: “We’ve got a close group, which is a good thing right now and we’re taking the positives out of the games we’ve dropped lately.
“Finner’s great and as a lot of people know, he hates to lose and I think that’s a great quality to have as a player or a coach.
“But we go to the rink with the right attitude and with the guys in the room as well as the coaching staff, we feel we’re trending the right direction. We just have to get out of the slide.”