Scottish Ice Hockey’s top four teams head to Dundee Ice Arena this weekend for what promises to be an exciting Play-off Finals event.
Murrayfield Racers face Dundee Comets in Saturday’s first semi-final aiming to keep up their pursuit of the quadruple.
The Racers are unbeaten in Scottish competitions this season, but the Comets are the reigning play-off champions and will be going all out to defend their crown.
The Racers won eight and drew four of their 12 league and cup meetings with their three play-off rivals this season, although most of the games were close affairs.
They completed the double over the Comets in the league, but their two matches in the Stuart Robertson Cup (SRC) were both drawn.
Tony Hand’s side won all four cup games against the Kestrels, but the Fife-based side proved more troublesome in the league as they claimed two draws.
The Racers took four points from their two league games against Paisley, winning both 4-3, and they will undoubtedly be the team everyone wants to beat in Dundee.
Player/coach John Dolan admitted he was disappointed with the Comets’ fourth place finish in the regular season and he is sure to have his team fired up this weekend.
They pushed the Racers close in their two SRC meetings and will need to reproduce that form if they are to progress to the final.
If they can make it through they will fancy their chances of beating either Paisley or Kirkcaldy on Sunday.
The Comets split their league series with Paisley, but completed an aggregate victory over them in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.
A win and two draws from four league and cup meetings with Kirkcaldy showed that there is little to choose between those two sides.
However, playing on home ice this weekend could work in the Comets’ favour and they will be tough to beat.
Paisley meet Kirkcaldy in the second semi-final aiming to avoid a repeat of the defeat they suffered against the Kestrels at the same stage last season.
The Pirates recorded a win and a draw against Kirkcaldy in the league this term, but there was just one point between them in the final standings and it should be a close game on Saturday.
Murrayfield Racers v Dundee Comets – Play-off semi-final (4.45pm)
Paisley Pirates v Kirkcaldy Kestrels – Play-off semi-final (7.30pm)
SNL Play-off final (6.00pm)
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