Kilmarnock Storm host Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday aiming to continue their impressive start to the SNL season.
Storm have recorded a pair of 6-2 victories over North Ayrshire Wild and Dundee Tigers during the first two weeks of the campaign, but the Kestrels are likely to provide a stern challenge this weekend. Forward Ross Andreucci believes last Sunday’s victory over the Tigers highlighted the team’s improvement, but he admits Saturday’s game will be a difficult test.
“Once we got rid of our travelling legs in the first period we came out in the second and upped the tempo a couple gears,” he said. “When it was five versus five we dominated the game and everyone’s work ethic was fantastic.
“Our start to the season has been fantastic – we’ve got off to a flyer and we’re full of confidence and playing really well. Saturday’s game will be a tough game. The Kestrels have always been a good side and I’m sure it will be action-packed. We’re going in very confident though and team morale is very high.”
“Hopefully we’ll get a big turnout to watch what should be a really entertaining game.”
Dundee Comets are in action against the Tigers on Saturday looking to make it three wins out of three this term. The Comets have defeated Solway Stingrays and Kilmarnock Thunder so far, and defender Jamie Whitelaw has been impressed with his team’s performances.
“As a group we are really pleased that we have managed to continue a strong form off the back of last season,” said Whitelaw. “We are a tight group of lads and our new signings have shown great attitude and fitted in well to the squad.
“John (Dolan – head coach) has brought the boys even closer together and pushes us really hard at training so fitness is constantly improving. We haven’t even had a game with a full squad yet, so we definitely feel there are plenty more positives to come.
“There is definitely a buzz about the rink right now with our young boys starting to step up and also attracting new sponsors and we are confident we will continue to improve as the season goes on.
“As for the derby, it will of course be a tough physical test and we always go into these games knowing the stakes. We are really looking forward to playing in another Dundee derby with a great atmosphere.”
Aberdeen Lynx v Kilmarnock Thunder
Dundee Comets v Dundee Tigers
Kilmarnock Storm v Kirkcaldy Kestrels
Solway Stingrays v Moray Typhoons
Edinburgh Capitals SNL v North Ayrshire Wild