SNL preview: Teams eyeing progress as two competitions reach the business end

The Scottish Cup and Scottish National League play-offs take centre stage this weekend, with important games scheduled to take place in both competitions.

Aberdeen Lynx and Dundee Comets meet on Saturday in the first leg of their Scottish semi-final tie, while the line-up for the Final Four Weekend will be known after Sunday’s three play-off games.

Read on as we look at this weekend’s four matches.

Lynx out for revenge against the Comets

Aberdeen were knocked out of the play-offs by Dundee last weekend and they will be eager to gain their revenge in the Scottish Cup.

The two sides have met six times this season, with the Comets winning five, but Lynx’s 5-4 victory last weekend will give them hope that they can cause an upset.

The winners of the two-legged tie will meet Murrayfield Racers in the final at Dundee Ice Arena on Saturday, 11th May.

Racers aiming to avoid Stingrays shock

Murrayfield Racers host Solway Stingrays on Sunday aiming to keep themselves on track to win the quadruple.

Ice time restrictions elsewhere mean the play-off tie will be a one-off game and the Racers will fancy their chances of making progress.

Tony Hand’s side smaashed 33 goals past the Stingrays in two regular season meetings and another victory would send them through to face the Comets next Saturday.

Kestrels out to fend off Wild

Kirkcaldy Kestrels visit North Ayrshire Wild holding a four-goal advantage from their first play-off meeting.

The Kestrels completed the double over Wild during the regular season and they will be confident of making it through to the semi-finals.

However, a couple of early goals for the home side would put a different complexion on the tie and it would be foolish to undertestimate their chances of success.

Pirates in pole position against the Tigers

Adam Walker’s four-goal haul was the highlight of Paisley Pirates’ 7-1 victory over Dundee Tigers in last week’s first leg.

The Pirates defeated the Tigers on home ice during the regular season and they are big favourites to reach the last four of the play-offs.

The winners of the tie will meet either Kirkcaldy or North Ayrshire in the semi-finals at Dundee next Saturday.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Dundee Comets – SC

Sunday

Murrayfield Racers v Solway Stingrays – Play-off QF
North Ayrshire Wild v Kirkcaldy Kestrels – Play-off QF
Paisley Pirates v Dundee Tigers – Play-off QF

(Image permission: Derek Black)