Dundee Comets and Murrayfield Racers meet in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday eager to end their respective seasons on a high note.
The Comets head into the game on the back of what has been a largely disappointing campaign for the club.
Last season’s treble winners finished fourth in the Scottish National League (SNL) standings, seven points adrift of the table-topping Racers.
They were also pipped to a place in the final of the Stuart Robertson Cup and knocked out of the SNL play-offs at the semi-final stage by the Edinburgh-based club.
Netminder Matthew Michie admits it has been a hugely frustrating season for the Comets.
“Finishing fourth was the worse finish I’ve had here,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries to our ‘D’ men and run short all year.
“A couple of our younger defensemen have been left to pick up the pieces and they’ve stepped up well for the team. Last season we never had that problem and it showed with our results.
“This weekend we face a Racers team who are beatable – look at what Paisley Pirates did to them in the play-off final. It’s always a bonus playing in your home rink, so we just need to give it our best shot.
“We have lost two of our three trophies this year, but hopefully we can retain the Scottish Cup to make up for this year.”
While the Comets have struggled to match last season’s efforts, Murrayfield have had an excellent first season back on the ice.
The club already has the SNL title and Stuart Robertson Cup in the bag, although they came up short against Paisley in the play-off final.
Goalie Mark McGill is hoping the Racers can make it hat-trick of successes this weekend.
“The season has been a good one for us – getting the double and a possible chance of a treble in our first season is incredible, ” he said.
“The game against the Comets will be a tough one like every game against them this season. We have put in plenty of work and hopefully that will show in our final game.”
The Scottish Cup Finals event begins at Dundee Ice Arena at 10.00am with the U12 final.
The U14, U16 and U20 finals are scheduled to follow during the afternoon, with the SNL final rounding off proceedings at 6.30pm.
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