Belfast Giants: Player-coach Derrick Walser mulls squad changes

Face Off: Belfast Giants no match for Sheffield's steel

Belfast Giants player-coach Derrick Walser has warned that squad changes could be in the offing after his side's weekend defeats by Sheffield.

The Giants followed Friday's 6-2 home drubbing by the Steelers with another 3-1 home reverse on Saturday.

Walser said too many of his players "did not step up" in both games.

"We're going to look really hard this week. We need another player like Brandon Benedict. A real heart and soul guy," Walser told BBC Sport.

Elite League clubs have the opportunity to make changes to their roster up until the end of this month and Walser admits he will surveying his options this week ahead of this weekend's away contests in Nottingham and Cardiff.

Walser exempted forwards Benedict, James Desmarais and Kris Beech from criticism but was unhappy with the efforts of his other lines in both Steelers contests.

"Beechy, Des and Benedict worked extremely hard although they didn't get much on the scoresheet.

"They competed all night but the other lines just did not step up and there was no physical play.

"I'll take guys who work hard over skill any day because at least you know those guys will have left it all out there every night.

"We didn't have it all out there on the ice in those games against the Steelers.

"Their goalie outplayed our goalie. Their top guys showed up and we didn't have enough of our top guys showing up."

Walser accused his players of making "lazy mental mistakes" in both weekend games.

"We were not focused on what was going on and we didn't compete in front of Murph (goalie Stephen Murphy) at all. The guys should be ashamed a little bit."

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