25th Sep, 2018

Stewart slams unhelpful social media comments following three weekend losses

ICE HOCKEY: LAY off the guys, it doesn’t help them in any way.

That’s a powerful message from Blaze coach Danny Stewart to fans after his men crashed to three defeats in as many nights at the weekend.

A 7-4 loss in Belfast on Friday night was followed by a 7-2 loss against the Giants just 24 hours later.

Blaze then returned home to face Manchester Storm on Sunday night, a game which ended 5-2 in favour of the visitors.

And Stewart blasted critical comments on social media aimed at the team following Sunday’s loss.

Stewart said: “Five years ago we used to joke about it (social media).

“But I do believe it affects guys now. I don’t see the benefit of it.

“If you want to voice your concerns, voice them to me. When I’m walking around the rink, say something.

“I can take it, I’m a man. Buy lay off the guys. It doesn’t benefit them in any way.”

Despite negativity off the ice seemingly having a say on the ice, Stewart remains optimistic about his side’s chances against Cardiff this weekend.

Blaze face the Devils at the Cardiff Ice Arena on Saturday night (7pm) before hosting the return fixture 24 hours later (5.15pm).

Stewart said: “Last time against Cardiff we played good hockey. We can definitely play with them.

“We just have to bury our chances.

“People have concerns and that’s understandable. The only people that can change it are those in the locker room, including myself.”

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