SNL preview: Dundee Tigers youngster eagerly anticipating Kirkcaldy test

Dundee Tigers’ forward Jack Terroni says he has thoroughly enjoyed his debut season in the Scottish National League (SNL) and has set his sights on a strong end to the campaign.

Terroni joined the club from Dundee Stars Juniors last summer and his impressive performances have led to a call-up to the Scotland U17 squad.

The Tigers have had a tough time of things during the first half of the season, but they pushed title-chasing Murrayfield Racers hard last weekend and Terroni believes the team will kick-on this year.

“We had a really tough start to the season, but over the past couple of months our performances have really improved,” he said. “The effort being put in by the guys is unreal, especially considering we’ve had to run with a short bench in many of our games.

“We’ve only managed two wins so far this season and that number is overshadowed by the number of losses we’ve suffered. We’re progressing though and trying to learn from our mistakes game-by-game.

“Our results are getting better and it feels like we’re getting there as a team. We just need to start scoring more goals!”

Despite the Tigers’ struggles, Terroni’s displays have been a major plus point for a club that that are eager to give youngsters a chance to progress. The forward says his teammates have made the transition from junior to senior level an easy one.

“It’s my first season in the SNL and it’s been a great experience so far – I’m really enjoying it with the Tigers,” he added.

“The guys have all welcomed me into the team and I feel like I’ve really grown as a player. I know quite a few of the players from juniors and some of the Tigers have been former coaches at junior level too.

“It was a bit of an adjustment, but all through juniors I’ve played up through age groups so I’m used to playing against more experienced players. I just try to put the work in like I’ve always done, regardless of who’s on the ice.”

Terroni will get another chance to showcase his talents on Saturday as the Tigers welcome high-flying Kirkcaldy Kestrels to Dundee Ice Arena. The Kestrels head into the game just two points off top spot and Terroni admits it will be a difficult match.

“We know this game against the Kestrels will really test us and we’ll need to draw on our recent performances,” he said. “We’ll approach the game positively and give the Kestrels a good hard game.

“They are a team that plays with speed and the club is always up amongst the top of things at all age levels. We just want to go in with the right mindset and do what we can to hopefully get a result.

“We’re getting towards the tail end of the season now and we want to pick up points. A good performance on Saturday can help keep us going as we make a push to secure a play-off spot.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Dundee Tigers v Kirkcaldy Kestrels – SNL
North Ayrshire Wild v Aberdeen Lynx – SNL

Sunday

Murrayfield Racers v Sheffield Steeldogs – NIHL Cup
Paisley Pirates v Dundee Comets – SC

(Image permission: Derek Black)