SNL preview: Edinburgh bid to make it eight in a row at home to Solway

Edinburgh Capitals SNL host Solway Stingrays on Sunday aiming to maintain their excellent form ahead of the upcoming end-of-season play-offs.

A seven game winning run has moved Edinburgh up to fourth in the table to set up a probable quarter-final tie against Aberdeen Lynx.

The Capitals ran out 5-4 winners against Solway when the two sides met in Dumfries at the end of February, but forward Michael Ireland is hoping for a more comfortable victory back on home ice.

“We want to improve on that performance against Solway,” he said.

“They are a hard working team and, although we won, we gave them the time and space to make it a close game. We want to hit the ground running, shut them down and come away with a much more convincing win.

“We’re already Looking forward to the play-offs. It’s our only shot at a trophy. Aberdeen will be a tough opponent, especially up north, but we have a good group of guys who have what it takes to come out on top.

Paisley Pirates visit Kilmarnock Storm on Saturday hoping to keep their title hopes alive.

Just two points separates Dundee, Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Paisley at the top of the table, although the Pirates have a game in hand on the other pair.

Paisley still have to travel to Dundee to face the Comets and netminder John Russell believes it will be an exciting end to the regular season.

“The guys are looking forward to the game this weekend – we need a win to stay in touch with Dundee,” he said.

“The Comets have been favourites for the the title all season, with not many people giving us a chance of retaining the trophy.

“We’ve just worked, listened to the coaches, played hard each game and let others do the talking.

“Whatever happens this season will happen, as I feel it’s the Comets’ title to lose.

“We are all just concentrating on our next game with all the pressure on the Comets and Kirkcaldy – it doesn’t get any more exciting than this!”



Dundee Comets v Moray Typhoons


Kilmarnock Storm v Paisley Pirates
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v North Ayrshire Wild


Edinburgh Capitals SNL v Solway Stingrays

(Image permission: Ian Coyle)