SNL preview: Scottish quartet up-for-the-cup as semi-finals take centre stage

The Scottish Cup takes centre stage this weekend as the remaining four sides bid to keep their quest for the trophy on track.

Dundee Comets host Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday before heading to Fife Ice Arena for the second leg the following day chasing their fourth Scottish Cup success in eight seasons.

The Comets defeated Paisley Pirates 9-5 in last year’s final and they have had a smooth passage to the semi-finals this time around.

The SNL leaders defeated Dundee Tigers 19-4 on aggregate in the first round and followed up with a 12-6 overall victory against Kilmarnock Storm in the quarter-finals.

Kirkcaldy were pushed hard by Edinburgh Capitals SNL in their first round tie, eventually securing a 9-7 aggregate victory, but they found things easier in the last eight as they sealed a 16-5 win over two legs against Solway Stingrays.

There’s been little between the two sides in the league this season, with each recording a home victory over the other by a single goal margin.

The second semi-final gets underway on Saturday as Paisley visit Aberdeen Lynx.

The 2016 winners lost out to the Comets in the finals of the cup and play-offs last season and they will be eager to make amends this year.

Paisley progressed to the last four courtesy of an 11-2 aggregate victory over North Ayrshire Wild, while Aberdeen secured a 14-6 overall success against Moray Typhoons.

Aberdeen beat Paisley 7-2 on home ice back in November, but the Pirates gained their revenge with a 6-3 win at Braehead Arena in early January.

The second leg is scheduled to take place at Braehead on Saturday, 24th March.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Paisley Pirates (Cup)
Dundee Comets v Kirkcaldy Kestrels (Cup)

Sunday

Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Dundee Comets (Cup)

(Image permission: Derek Black)