SNL preview: Dundee Comets aiming to blow title race wide open at Aberdeen

Dundee Comets visit Aberdeen Lynx on Saturday aiming to blow this season’s SNL title race wide open.

Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Paisley Pirates have each lost one game, while the Comets are firmly in the mix having being defeated just twice in eight matches this term.

After losing at home to Kilmarnock Storm at the end of October the Comets have bounced back with pair of victories including a hard-fought 5-3 success at Edinburgh Capitals SNL in their last fixture.

Forward John Gordon says he’s excited by the way the season is shaping up.

“Against Edinburgh we started fast and then took our foot off the gas a little,” he said. “We matched them in the third period to grind out an important win.

“I think we’ve started the season well. We had a little slip up against Kilmarnock at home, but apart from that we’ve been playing well.

“It’s going to be hard throughout the rest of the season. We’ve still got to play all the top teams in the league again and we’ve got a few injured players just now, but we’ve just got to knuckle down and play our game.”

Kirkcaldy head to North Ayrshire Wild on Saturday hoping to record their third road victory of the month.

The Kestrels have hit double figures at Solway Stingrays and Kilmarnock Thunder in recent weeks and netminder Craig Douglas is eager to maintain the pressure on Aberdeen at the top of the table.

“This season has started really well for us with an almost perfect run in the league,” he said. “We’ve had some mixed performances, but on the whole it’s been very positive.

“We’ve had a short break after a win against Thunder which has given us time to get ready for a very important stretch of games for us.

“The Kestrels have a young squad with some much needed experience this year and we’re aiming to challenge for silverware in all competitions.

“Saturday’s opponents North Ayr have not had too much success in the league so far, but we cannot take them lightly.

“We need to come out strong, stick to our game plan and come out with the win.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Dundee Comets
Kilmarnock Thunder v Paisley Pirates
Moray Typhoons v Solway Stingrays
North Ayrshire Wild v Kirkcaldy Kestrels

Sunday

Paisley Pirates v Edinburgh Capitals SNL
Dundee Tigers v Moray Typhoons

(Image permission: Derek Black)