Kilmarnock Storm host Moray Typhoons in the SNL on Saturday hoping to extend their winning run to six games.
Storm ended 2017 with a superb 9-6 victory over title-chasing Aberdeen Lynx to move up to fifth in the table.
Forward Jose Williamson is delighted with the team’s recent form and eager to make up for a 7-4 defeat when Storm last faced the Typhoons.
“It’s great to see the goals we set start to come together,” he said. “Amateur teams need all involved to ‘know the system’ for it to be successful and that’s what Kilmarnock Storm want all players to buy into.
“With a mixed range of skill set and demographic, we set out to improve our Hockey IQ to get an edge. It’s really starting to come together for the Storm and, with a full team and five-on-five, we can compete in the SNL and not just make up the numbers.
“We played Moray early in the season with a short bench, but our luck ran out up there. They are a hard-working team and difficult to play in their own facility.
“The Storm players are excited for this week’s game and to get back to hockey after the break. January is a tough but big month for us, but the belief and attitude about the team feels good and we are ready to work hard and shoot some bullets.”
Moray will travel to Kilmarnock aiming to snap a two game losing streak.
The Typhoons had moved up into the top half of the table heading into December, but defeats against Aberdeen and Kirkcaldy Kestrels halted their progress.
Defender Fraser Munro is hopeful that the team can find some consistency during the second half of the season.
“Our form has been a bit up and down – we’ve had some good wins, but also had some bad losses,” he said. “We always strive to be better.
“This weekend’s game is a must-win for us having already beaten them at home. With them just being above us in the table we’d like to close the gap on them.
“We know it will be a difficult game with their recent form.”
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