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Rutherford ‘Excited’ To Return Home For Flyers Double Header

Stena Line Belfast Giants forward David Rutherford is ‘excited’ to return to Belfast for back-to-back games this Friday and Saturday against the Fife Flyers. Both games face-off 7pm at The SSE Arena and sees the Giants come back to Belfast for Elite League action for the first time since early January.

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After a challenging weekend in Cardiff against the league leading Devils, the Giants must regroup and respond against the Fife Flyers on Friday and Saturday in Belfast. As it stands, Belfast trail Cardiff by 11 points with two games in-hand and are two points clear of the third placed Panthers with seven games in-hand.

“We need to try to find the way to get back to where we were earlier on in this season. The last three games have been pretty heartbreaking for us. Though we can only worry about that is ahead of us now. We are preparing to play a complete game – something we have not done in a while.”

“We are trying to get over the hump and get back in form. We are not worrying about points, if we are pulling the right way, we will get better results and we need to do that that all starts in practice.”

The upcoming schedule is a tough one for the Giants as the team travel to face Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday before flying to Glasgow on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s Challenge Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg.

“We love playing at the SSE – it is fun playing in Belfast in front of the fans. We need to find a way to get our rhythm back and get on a roll. The guys are excited to be home – though we have a busy away schedule with Milton Keynes on Sunday and then against Glasgow on Tuesday in the Challenge Cup.”

The Flyers last visit to Belfast was a memorable one for the Scottish side as they handed out a 4-2 defeat to the Giants in a Challenge Cup Group clash back in September.

“There are no easy games in this league. I know some people think certain teams cannot compete with others, though every team can compete with anyone now. You cannot take a game off and we need to be ready to play and get back to what made us successful – playing the right way and for each other.”

“This week stung for us, there wasn’t much to be happy with when we got back here. All we can do is work hard to get through it all. When you are winning, hockey is fun, and when you are losing, it is not fun. We are trying to bring the fun back and that will hopefully lead to wins.”