Belfast Giants’ David Rutherford is the winner of Week 14’s ‘Player of the Week’ award.
The forward had a goal and three assists over the week as the Giants lost in Dundee, but were then victorious in Guildford and on home ice over Cardiff – assisting on both goals against the Devils, and then scoring in the shootout.
“I thought we had a good weekend. It’s always tough to go to Guildford, travelling down there, and then playing a really fast and skilled team. We needed a response after losing to Dundee and it was big for us. We knew the points were important and the guys were happy about that,” said the 31-year old about his side’s games last week on the road. “Then we had the big travel day to come back and play Cardiff, and finding a way to get the win there was huge.”
He continued: “Cardiff are a great team, any time you play them you’re going to have a tight game. We knew it’d be tough. I kind of knew what I wanted to do in the shootout, and you feel pretty confident when you have Beskorowany at the other end.”
The Giants have had a lot of games in recent weeks, but top the league and could be a step closer to defending their Challenge Cup title if they avoid an eight-goal loss tonight. How is Rutherford getting through the packed schedule? “Lots of food, and lots of sleep!” he said. “It’s easier when you’re winning and playing games, it’s been fun – we know there’s a little bit of a break after this weekend so we’re looking at getting through these three games.”
Nottingham Panthers’ Alex Guptill won Week 13’s award, meaning these are the first two players in live for the overall December accolade.