Dundee Comets head into a weekend double-header in the SNL aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign.
The Comets have won six and drawn three of their nine league and cup games this term as they bid to add more silverware to last season’s triple trophy haul.
They host Kilmarnock Thunder on Saturday before visiting Paisley Pirates the following day, and defender Adam McNicoll is looking forward to facing both teams.
“Our start to the season has been a pretty positive one,” he said. “We haven’t won every game this year, but other teams have strengthened so we are up for the challenge and putting in plenty of effort in training.
“We haven’t played many league games this year, but this weekend will be a good look at what the rest of the league is looking like.
“We don’t know how good Kilmarnock are, but if we stick to how we’ve been playing we’ll be fine.
“On Sunday we travel to Paisley where we haven’t always played our best. Hopefully this year we can turn things around and walk out with the win.”
Dundee Tigers visit Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Sunday hoping to build on an improved performance in their most recent game.
The Tigers have lost all eight league and cup matches this season, although they produced a better display in last weekend’s 5-2 defeat at Paisley.
Forward Grant Reekie admits it’s been a tough start to the campaign for the Tigers, but he insists the team are determined to turn things around.
“Our results have been very poor, but it’s not for the lack of trying – the guys are all working hard and sticking together,” he said.
“There’s a real togetherness in the room, but we could still do with another two or three players to give us that little bit more depth to compete for sixty minutes.
“We are shutting off at times with running with such a short bench, especially when some teams are running four lines. They seem to have that little bit more in the tank later stages in games.
“We are going into this weekend looking to improve on our last game. We face a very fast and skilled young Kestrels team which will be a tough encounter.
“We gave a good account of ourselves down in Paisley on Sunday, so we have just got to try build from that. Hopefully we can keep improving and moving forward so we can get to where we need to be.”
Aberdeen Lynx v North Ayrshire Wild – SNL
Dundee Comets v Kilmarnock Thunder – SNL
Hull Pirates v Murrayfield Racers – NIHL Cup
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Dundee Tigers – SNL
Paisley Pirates v Dundee Comets – SNL
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