Perhaps the most intriguing tie of the 2017 Elite League Playoff quarter finals, Belfast are set to take on Gardiner Conference rivals Fife at The SSE Arena on Saturday night in the first leg of their two match series.
Home form has been significant in meetings between the Giants and Flyers so far this season, with each side boasting a 100% record in their own rink against their opponents – triggering Belfast forward Blair Riley to issue something of a rallying cry to his team to make the most of home ice advantage during the first leg.
Whilst the last two encounters have seen two clubs score no less than 23-goals between them, both Flyers netminder Shane Owen and counter part Stephen Murphy have the ability to win games on their own whilst defencemen Jim Vandermeer and Ric Jackman bring vast experience to their clubs respective blue lines.
Pavel Halas and Dean Smith will referee the game, with Andy Dalton and Ilia Kisil as linesmen.
In six meetings between the two sides this season, the home side has emerged victorious on each occasion.
The Flyers drew first blood with a 5-2 Challenge Cup victory at the Fife Ice Arena on September 3rd, but Belfast were quick to respond; bouncing back with a 4-2 win at The SSE Arena seven days later.
In the Elite League, the Giants claimed the early bragging rights with a 4-0 victory on November 11th with the Flyers battling to a 3-2 win in overtime during their next meeting in Kirkcaldy.
A wild 9-5 shootout ended in the Flyers favour on February 12th before the season series wrapped up in the Northern Irish capital with a 7-2 win for the Giants.
Flyers’ Chase Schaber says the club are ‘raring to go’:
*Qualified for playoffs ^ EIHL Champions