Two SNL title contenders go head-to-head on Sunday as reigning champions Paisley Pirates visit current league leaders Aberdeen Lynx.
Paisley have won three out of three in the league following their belated start to the season, but the Aberdeen game represents their biggest test of the campaign so far.
Aberdeen have collected 12 points out of a possible 14 and Pirates’ boss Ian Turley expects the home home side to be fired up this weekend.
“We started the season on the back foot with other teams playing plenty of games before we hit the ice,” he said.
“We’ve only had intermittent training so far and it’ll be mid-November before it becomes a regular thing. Those are the challenges we face though and we’ll deal with it as we always do.
“We’ve got a younger squad this season who are eager to learn and they fully understand the expectations of playing for this club.
“Everyone is looking forward to Sunday. Aberdeen built up some momentum before slipping up at Dundee, but they bounced back with a huge win against Kirkcaldy last weekend. They’ll be fired up against us, but that’s fine.
“We’ve never had an easy game up there over the past few seasons and it’ll be no different this weekend. I think people might be surprised at how well-drilled we are and our aim is to progress and improve each and every week.
“Adam Walker has been a great addition to the coaching staff to help with those improvements. Although our characters differ, our philosophies are the same which has worked well and I think we’ll see the benefits in the long run.”
Aberdeen head into the weekend on the back of an impressive 5-0 home success against Kirkcaldy Kestrels last Saturday.
Lynx travel to Kilmarnock Storm on Saturday before returning to home ice to face the Pirates, and forward Jordan Leyden admitted it will be a difficult weekend.
“Last week’s result was a great one for us,” said Leyden. “After the result the previous week we had to put in a performance against Kirkcaldy and we did that.
“We now have to build on that result and take it into this weekend – they are both going to be very tough games.
“With Kilmarnock’s result last week we know they are not to be taken lightly and we always know the type of game we’re going to get from Paisley – they’re the defending league champions for a reason.
“It will be a hard weekend, but if we want to still be at the top of the table come the end of the season then this is the type of weekend we need to show what we are capable of.”
Kilmarnock Storm v Aberdeen Lynx
Aberdeen Lynx v Paisley Pirates
Dundee Tigers v Kilmarnock Thunder
Solway Stingrays v Kirkcaldy Kestrels
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