Edinburgh Capitals SNL head coach Martin Cingel believes recent performances against Kirkcaldy Kestrels are a perfect indicator of his team’s progression this season.
The Capitals have won four out of five games in the SNL this term, with the only blemish on their record coming against Kirkcaldy at the start of October.
The two sides subsequently met over two legs in the first round of the Scottish Cup, where the Kestrels ran out 9-7 winners on aggregate after two hard-fought battles.
Cingel’s side head to Moray Typhoons in the league on Saturday aiming to build on the promise they’ve shown against the unbeaten Kestrels.
“I think we had a good start this season and I’ve been really pleased with our performances,” said Cingel. “However, the games against Kestrels showed us where we are.
“We will travel up north this weekend to face the Typhoons – they’re tough opponents, especially in their rink.
“We want to challenge for trophies this year – no doubt about that. If we match up the same intensity as in our last game against Kestrels, it can be done.”
Solway Stingrays host Dundee Tigers on Sunday still searching for their first points of the season.
The league’s new-boys have found things tough so far, although an aggregate victory over Kilmarnock Thunder in the cup has boosted the mood around the club.
Despite their struggles forward Stevie Adams believes the team is improving.
“It’s been a tough start so far, especially without a league win under our belts,” said Adams. “As a team we feel and know it’s coming – it’s a matter of time.
“A lot of the guys haven’t played since juniors over ten years ago, so it’s a grind to get them back on the ice and back in shape.
“We have some great junior kids coming through as well. As a player that has played constantly over the last ten years or so, I can hopefully bring some experience and knowledge to everyone and keep the team moving forward.
“We are improving week-on-week and with a bit more commitment and determination we will cause an upset soon enough. That should kick-start our season and have us moving up the table.
Aberdeen Lynx v Kirkcaldy Kestrels
Kilmarnock Thunder v North Ayrshire Wild
Moray Typhoons v Edinburgh Capitals SNL
Dundee Comets v Kilmarnock Storm
Solway Stingrays v Dundee Tigers
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