SNL preview: Kirkcaldy Kestrels eager to book place at the Final Four Weekend

Kirkcaldy Kestrels host North Ayrshire Wild on Saturday aiming to start their Scottish National League play-off campaign with a bang.

The Kestrels won 10 and drew four of their 16 regular season games to finish third in the standings, one point behind Paisley Pirates.

They did the double over Wild in the league and are hoping to repeat the trick in their play-off quarter-final tie.

Kirkcaldy defender Marty Simpson believes the team has progressed during the campaign and is eager to make it through to the Final Four Weekend at Dundee.

“It’s been a good run this season – we’ve improved as a team and shown that we can work really well as a unit,” he said.

“We’ve had a couple of bumps along the way, but we’ve shown great character to bounce back from those setbacks.

“The play-offs are always fun to play – it’s a different type of hockey where teams find that extra edge and games can go either way. Our focus will be one game at a time.

“The main target, like every other team, is to win the play-offs – I believe we have a team capable of doing it.

“However, we know a lot of hard work has to be put in at practice and in the two games against North Ayrshire if we’re to have any chance of succeeding.”

Elsewhere this weekend, Dundee Tigers and Dundee Comets round off their regular season fixtures when they go head-to-head on Saturday.

Title-winners Murrayfield Racers are in action on Sunday and will be presented with the SNL trophy at their home game against Kilmarnock Thunder.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Dundee Tigers v Dundee Comets – SNL
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v North Ayrshire Wild – Play-off QF

Sunday

Murrayfield Racers v Kilmarnock Thunder – SNL

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