The top two sides in the SNL go head-to-head in Dundee on Sunday hoping to boost their hopes of winning this season’s title.
The Comets currently trail leaders Kirkcaldy Kestrels by one point with six games to play and they will be gunning for revenge after losing 5-4 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Dundee have strengthened their squad in recent weeks with former Elite League defenders Cam McGiffin and Sam McCluskey amongst four new signings made by the club.
Comets’ assistant coach and manager, Rab Brown, believes this weekend’s game will have a major bearing on the title race.
“Our team have been plagued with injuries and illness this season and we’ve not been at full strength yet,” he said.
“We’ve had a full line of first choice players missing in every game. Our under 20 guys have had a steep learning curve that they’ve taken very well.
“As we find ourselves in as must-win situation we’ve managed to secure the services of fantastic players in Sam and Cam, with both having played at a higher level – they will undoubtedly help in our final push.
“Along with Dan Topping and Josh Leslie our problems will be less, however with guys working offshore we’re never sure what team will be on the ice.
“This Sunday will almost certainly decide whether we remain in the mix for the league title or not. Despite this we’ll approach this game the same as every other and give our all to continue in our quest.”
Kirkcaldy head into the game having lost just twice in the league this season.
The first meeting between these two sides was a hard fought affair and Kestrels’ forward Graeme Allan expects Sunday’s match to be another feisty affair.
“Every game for us moving forward is a must win, starting this Sunday against the Comets,” he said.
“They are a good side and have recently made a few additions to strengthen their squad, but we have a young, hungry, talented group of guys who I know when on our game can beat any team in the league.
“When we played the Comets earlier in the season it was a very tough, physical game with us just coming away with the two points. I can see Sunday’s game going much the same way.”
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