SNL preview: Dundee Comets prepared for tough test as title race rolls on

Dundee Comets visit Moray Typhoons on Saturday aiming to keep hold of top spot in the SNL.

Just two points covers the Comets, Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Paisley Pirates at the head of the standings and the battle for the title looks set to go down to the wire.

Dundee’s final two games are at home to Moray and Paisley at the start of March and forward Callum Hill believes the team can fend off their title rivals.

“Moray is a difficult place to go to and we will need to be prepared for a tough, physical game,” he said.

“However, as the league stands it’s in our hands and we will be taking one game at a time. We have the experience in our team and we know how important these last few remaining fixtures are.

“It’s been an exciting season with momentum shifting between a few teams leading the league. It looks like it will go down to the final weekend – which can only be a good thing for Scottish ice hockey.”

Paisley travel to Dundee Tigers on Saturday hoping to extend their winning run to six games.

The Pirates are two points behind top spot with a game in hand and victory this weekend would set them up nicely for next week’s double-header against the Comets and Kirkcaldy.

Paisley ran out 11-2 winners against North Ayshire Wild last weekend despite running with a short bench, but head coach Ian Turley believes his side can cope with whatever is thrown at them over the final few weeks of the regular season.

“I don’t think it matters what game we’ve got,” Turley told Pirates TV.

“The guys aren’t thinking that we’ve got North Ayrshire or Dundee – they don’t think like that. They just know that we have to concentrate on ourselves.

“We’ve been running short-benched, but that’s fine. Sometimes it can go in your favour. We had a few guys suffering with illnesses and injuries against North Ayrshire last week, so we just ran with 12 players and it worked fine.

“North Ayrshire tried to throw a few hits against us and that’s fine. It doesn’t faze us – we just roll with it.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Moray Typhoons v Dundee Comets
Kilmarnock Storm v Solway Stingrays

Sunday

Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Kilmarnock Thunder
Solway Stingrays v Edinburgh Capitals SNL
Dundee Tigers v Paisley Pirates

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