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Dwyer Named Elite League Player Of The Week

Belfast Giants forward Pat Dwyer has been named the Elite League Player of the Week for week ending 7th October 2018.

The 35-year-old played a key part in helping Adam Keefe’s men lift themselves from the bottom of the table with four goals and five assists as Belfast picked up six points.

But it wasn’t the points that drew Dwyer to everyone’s attention as a “goal” that he helped carry into the net with his equipment went viral.

And he admits it was worth a try, revealing the incident has become a source of great hilarity within and outwith the Giants’ locker room.

“I drove the net at the zone entry and stopped at the net,” Dwyer recalled. “Darcy Murphy threw the puck in at the crease and it landed in my jersey and got stuck in my pants.

“I just figured I’d try and put my whole body into the net and see where it goes.  Since then, it’s taken on a life of its own.

“I’ve got buddies calling who have seen it and are laughing about it.  It’s been a good icebreaker for the team too and something we’ve joked about over the weekend that has eased the tension.

“It happened so fast and it was a case of getting it over the goal line.  It was worth a try.”

Giants’ weekend saw them defeat Milton Keynes Lightning 5-1 on Friday before taking a 7-0 shutout win over the same opponents on Saturday.

A 4-2 success at Coventry Blaze completed the haul and moved Keefe’s side from bottom to fifth in the space of 48 hours.

Dwyer admits the pressure was starting to get to him and the team before the weekend as they sat at the foot of the standings.

And he says it’s important Belfast focus on themselves when they take on Guildford Flames on Wednesday’s televised game as they take on a team who themselves enjoyed an unbeaten weekend.

Dwyer added: “It was a good weekend for us and we set out to do that.  We haven’t had the start to the season we would have liked, but getting those points is really good for us.

“Seeing us bottom of the league, the pressure was starting to creep up on us at the club that prides itself being top of the standings and wanting to be there.

“Looking ahead to Wednesday, I think we’ve got to approach it the way we’ll look at every game and worry about what we do. 

“We know Guildford are a good team and we just have to focus on ourselves.  We haven’t seen them yet, but if we play the way we want to play, we’ll see where it goes.”