Aberdeen Lynx head coach Owen Reynolds admits his team were happy to belatedly get their league campaign underway after struggling for results at the start of the season in the Stuart Robertson Cup.
Lynx lost six of their eight group games in the newly-formed competition, but they have since reeled off three wins in a row in the SNL.
Reynolds’ side will bid to maintain their 100% league record on Saturday as they travel to face second-placed Paisley Pirates.
He said: “Even though results didn’t go our way in the Stuart Robertson Cup, it served as good preparation for the league games starting in anger.
“I think there was a bit of relief within the team when the league games finally started and we were quite fortunate to kick things off at home with the big crowd behind us again.
“We’ve got a few wins under our belt now, but looking at results around the league it seems like there’s a lot of teams capable of beating anyone on their day.
“I think it’ll make for an interesting season with so many teams on a competitive level which can only be good for the sport.”
This weekend’s game pitches Aberdeen against a side who have won eight and drawn three of their 11 games in all competitions this season.
The two teams last met in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup back in March, with Paisley running out 9-7 winners on aggregate.
Reynolds believes the Pirates will prove to be formidable opponents on Saturday.
“There’s not been much between our teams in recent years, but Ian Turley (Paisley boss) always has his men incredibly organised,” he added.
“They showed against Kirkcaldy (Kestrels) that they can score goals and against North Ayrshire (Wild) that they can shut teams down, so we’ll have to be at our very best to take anything from the game.
“Either way, you always get a good game against the Pirates so I’m sure the lads will be up for the challenge. These are the kind games you want to be involved in.”
Sean Donaldson says he is expecting a difficult couple of tests as he pulls on a Murrayfield Racers shirt for the first time this weekend.
The forward, who signed for the Racers earlier this week, will make his debut against Hull Pirates in the NIHL North Cup on Saturday, before facing Dundee Comets in the SNL the following day.
The Racers have struggled in the cross-border tournament, but they remain unbeaten in domestic competitions, and Donaldson is looking forward to the two challenges.
He said: “I’ve heard about Hull at practice this week and there is no doubt that it’ll be a tough game – we are hoping for a better result than the away fixture.” he said.
“The Comets are a team I’m more familiar with and I watched some of the game last week. They are a decent side and have depth throughout their lines.
“I’ll be working hard to contribute to the team in terms of points and help the younger guys out if I can.
“I know the coaches, directors and fans are hungry for silverware and if we work hard as a team I believe that is attainable.”
Kilmarnock Thunder v North Ayrshire Wild – SNL
Murrayfield Racers v Hull Pirates – NIHL Cup
Paisley Pirates v Aberdeen Lynx – SNL
Murrayfield Racers v Dundee Comets – SNL
Dundee Tigers v Solway Stingrays – SNL
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