SNL preview: Saulits aiming to whip up a storm with the Typhoons

Moray Typhoons host Kilmarnock Storm on Saturday hoping to force their way into the top half of the SNL table.

The Typhoons lost their opening two games of the season against sides expected to challenge for the title, but they’ve bounced back with victories in their last two fixtures.

Maris Saulits currently leads Moray’s scoring charts with four goals and he is confident his team can continue their recent good form.

“Our season opener against Aberdeen was a hard and physical game, which we were unlucky to lose,” said Saulits.

Things didn’t go our way at Kirkcaldy, but we came back strongly to boost our confidence with an 8-6 victory at Solway. We know we can score goals, so just needed to improve our defence and we can play some good hockey.

“We came out motivated and confident in our last game against Kilmarnock Thunder. There was a great atmosphere in the team, so we stepped up for each other and came out with a huge victory in front of our supporters.

“Saturday is our next challenge against Storm, but we don’t look at who we face. If we play our best game we can beat anyone in this league.

“We have won our last two games, so we look forward to continuing our winning streak this weekend.”

The Scottish Cup takes centre stage on Sunday, with three games scheduled to take place.

Kirkcaldy Kestrels travel to Edinburgh Capitals SNL for the first leg of their tie, aiming to follow up last week’s 7-4 league victory against the same opponents.

The Kestrels are unbeaten this season and forward Robin Floyd believes his side can add another victory to their tally.

“This week we’ve been working hard at training in preparation for the first leg against the Caps,” said Floyd.

“Hopefully all our hard work will pay off on Sunday, where if we win our 50/50 battles, stick to the system and put plenty of shots on (Craig) Mallinson we can come out of there with the win and a few goals advantage for the return leg the following week.

“Speaking from a player’s point of view, I’m disappointed that the game is scheduled so late, probably facing off about 9.00pm, but it’s something we’ll deal with.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Moray Typhoons v Kilmarnock Storm
North Ayrshire Wild v Aberdeen Lynx

Sunday

Dundee Comets v Dundee Tigers (Cup)
Edinburgh Capitals SNL v Kirkcaldy Kestrels (Cup)
Solway Stingrays v Kilmarnock Thunder (Cup)