Kilmarnock Storm return to action after a three week break on Saturday aiming to build on their best performance of the season in their last fixture.
Storm ended a three game losing streak with a 6-4 victory at title-chasing Dundee Comets and they are eager to back that result up when they host Kilmarnock Thunder this weekend.
A win against Thunder would keep Storm in touch with the top half of the table and head coach Myles Watson admits that’s the target he has set his team this season.
“Our season so far has been up and down and surprisingly our form on the road has been better than at home,” he said.
“We have played well and had some great well deserved victories, so it’s just a case of maintaining our standards and competing every shift, every game.
“Our aim for the season is to finish in the top five. We believe this is a realistic goal for this team and a good solid platform to build from.
“We have a great team mentality going and belief in our systems. Every game we see us improving, so it’s up to us to keep our eye on the prize.
“Saturday is a big game for us and we will be going into it confident but respectful of the Thunder. We’ll be working hard to get the win, as our priority is our success and our season.”
Dundee Tigers face North Ayrshire Wild on Saturday searching for their fourth win in a row.
The Tigers struggled for form during the early part of the season, but forward Paul Guilcher believes recent results have shown what the team is capable of.
“In recent seasons games against the Wild have been tough encounters and we won’t be expecting anything less this Saturday,” he said.
“It’s been good to see that things we have been working on in training paying off in games. Credit must go to the guys as they have been putting in the hard work and have been focused on their individual roles within the team.
“Since the start of the season we’ve been realistic with ourselves on where we’d like to finish up.
“As we saw a few weeks ago against Aberdeen, when we are on form we can compete with the best of the teams in the league, so we’ll just keep plugging away planning for each of our opponents and who knows where we can finish up.”
Dundee Tigers v North Ayrshire Wild
Kilmarnock Storm v Kilmarnock Thunder
Edinburgh Capitals SNL v Dundee Comets
Paisley Pirates v Solway Stingrays
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