Dundee Tigers host Aberdeen Lynx on Saturday aiming to build on their impressive start to the 2019/20 season.
The Tigers recovered from a two-goal deficit last weekend to secure a 5-4 victory over Kirkcaldy Kestrels to get their Stuart Robertson Cup campaign off to a perfect beginning.
A Ross Bree goal in the final four minutes secured the win for Dundee to leave player/coach Grant Reekie in a buoyant mood.
“I thought we got off to a shaky start against a very well organised Kirkcaldy team,” he said. “They had a lot of experience mixed with youth which is always a good combination.
“We settled into game in the second period and started moving the puck around like we can and this proved to be key as we managed to get ourselves in the front for the final session.
“The teams were well-matched in the third, with both sides giving the fans a close competitive game. We managed to get the win, which I think says a lot for the guys’ character to come from behind.
“We have a solid foundation and are only going to get better. The result has got me very excited for the season ahead.”
Aberdeen were beaten 7-5 by Dundee Comets in their opening game in the northern group and will be eager to bounce back this weekend.
Lynx won just two of their eight matches in last season’s competition, but Reekie expects them to provide stiff opposition on Saturday.
“I’m sure our game against Aberdeen won’t disappoint, as we’ve built a local rivalry against them the past few seasons,” Reekie added.
“With both teams signing new players I think there will be an extra edge to this weekend’s game and we are looking forward to the challenge.
“Our aim for the season is to be in the mix with the top teams. Most of the guys in our room have championship winning experience at senior level, so we know what it takes.
“We’ve all worked hard in the background to be prepared for the season and are now just looking forward to getting into the thick of the games.”
The Comets kick-off their Scottish National League (SNL) fixtures on Saturday with a tough looking trip to Solway Sharks.
Forward Aaron Robertson will make his competitive debut for the club in Dumfries following his summer move from Murrayfield Racers and he is keen to make an early impression.
“It’s only been a few weeks, but all the new guys are already feeling great and settled,” he said.
“There are a lot of teams with good line-ups and we’re looking forward to being part of what is likely to be the most competitive SNL season in its history.
“We also believe we have good depth this year, with three equally effective forward lines and a solid defence and goalie.
“We know that Solway are going to be one of the best teams in the league and this weekend will be one of the hardest games of the season.
“That said, having a game like this early on will only benefit us in the long run and we hope to at least match our trophy count from last year.”
Dundee Tigers v Aberdeen Lynx – SRC North
Solway Sharks v Dundee Comets – SNL
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Solway Sharks – SNL
Murrayfield Racers v North Ayrshire Wild – SRC South
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