SNL preview: Comets eager to secure first leg advantage over the Pirates

Dundee Comets begin the defence of the Scottish Cup this weekend as they go head-to-head with last season’s beaten finalists Paisley Pirates.

The Comets clinched the SNL treble last term with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Paisley in the final at Fife Ice Arena back in April.

They led 3-0 at the end of the second period and although the Pirates rallied in the final session they were unable to claw back the deficit.

The result ensured the Comets completed a clean sweep of trophies following their successes in the league and the play-offs.

They head into Saturday’s quarter-final first leg tie on the back of a comfortable 18-1 league victory over Solway Stingrays last weekend, but forward John Gordon admits he expects a much tougher test against the Pirates.

“I think our form going into this weekend is good, coming off the back of a couple big wins over the last few weeks which have helped help us get ready for the cup tie this weekend,” he said.

“I think the Paisley game will be a tough one for us. They have a hard-working team and always play for the full sixty minutes.

“If we come focused and ready to play we should be alright and hopefully come away with the lead going into next week’s second leg in Braehead.”

Aberdeen Lynx turn their attentions back to league action on Saturday after booking their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup last weekend.

Lynx completed an 18-7 aggregate victory over Kilmarnock Thunder to progress to the last four where they will face the winners of the Dundee versus Paisley tie.

After winning just four of their eight league games this season, head coach Owen Reynolds is eager to see his side produce their best form at home to Solway this weekend.

“Despite having some mixed results this season, Solway are more than capable of creating an upset on their day,” he told the Aberdeen Evening Express.

“We picked up a win in the away fixture earlier in the season, but know all too well that complacency could be costly.

“Hopefully it’s not just a win but a good performance, too, as there are some tricky games on the horizon. We tend to just take each game as it comes but, looking ahead, our last four league fixtures are against the top four teams.

“It’s important we’re prepared and playing well, knowing that games are going to get increasingly tougher now the second half of the season is under way.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Solway Stingrays – SNL
Dundee Comets v Paisley Pirates – SC

Sunday

Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Kilmarnock Thunder – SNL
Murrayfield Racers v Dundee Tigers – SNL

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