SNL preview: Robertson hoping Edinburgh can snap losing run at Kilmarnock

Edinburgh Capitals SNL visit Kilmarnock Thunder on Saturday hoping to end a four game losing streak.

The Capitals have lost home and away against both Dundee Comets and Paisley Pirates during November to slip down to sixth in the table.

Forward Aaron Robertson, who has also iced for the Capitals’ Elite and U20 teams this season, is eager to help the SNL side climb back up the standings.

“We’ve been pretty unlucky the past few weeks, often going into games barely scraping two lines together,” said Robertson.

“That said, there have been moments in these games where we have been able to compete and cause other teams problems despite the final scoreline.

“Now we are just aiming to finish as high up on the leaderboard as we can to give us the best start in the play-offs, where hopefully we will have as close to a full squad as possible.

“This week will be a challenge, but we are fully confident we can turn this losing streak around and put some much needed points on the board.”

Solway Stingrays host Dundee Comets on Sunday still searching for their first points of the season.

The Stingrays have lost all eleven games this term, and captain Ross McMeeken admits it’s been a frustrating start to life in the SNL.

“We knew this season was about building foundations as a start-up team and were in the frame of mind that scorelines didn’t matter as long as the effort was there,” he said. “However, I don’t think anyone anticipated how difficult a start it would be.

“With a mix of youngsters coming up from the under 20s and a bunch of guys making comebacks having not played since their junior days, I think it would be fair to say we’ve been a bit out of our depth.

“Starting the season against some of the top teams has certainly not made our league stats look very attractive either, but that’s not what all this is about.

“We are learning every time we hit the ice and the systems and special teams are starting to come together. There is certainly no lack of effort and as long as we work hard and tighten a few things up as we go then that first league win will come sooner or later.

“Dundee were our first opponents of the year and they kindly welcomed us into the league with a 19-1 loss. It was a downhearted dressing room after the game considering the scoreline, but we saw the positives and reflected on our first ever Solway Stingrays goal.

“Our squad has changed quite a bit since then with some more experienced guys coming in and another goalie stepping up after taking some time out for surgery.

“We’ve scored another 31 goals since our first meeting which proves that we’re progressing as a team and are capable of stringing some nice hockey together – something we are looking to prove against the Comets this weekend.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Moray Typhoons
Dundee Tigers v Kirkcaldy Kestrels
Kilmarnock Thunder v Edinburgh Capitals SNL
North Ayrshire Wild v Kilmarnock Storm

Sunday

Solway Stingrays v Dundee Comets

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