Dundee Comets travel to Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday with both sides defending impressive unbeaten starts to the season.
The Comets have hit 51 goals in their first four games to lie second in the SNL table, two points behind Aberdeen Lynx with a game in hand. Kirkcaldy are level on points with Dundee having also won their four matches to date.
Dundee netminder Matthew Michie has been in fine form this term, conceding just six goals, and he’s looking forward to the challenge of facing one of their title rivals.
“We’ve not really been put to the test yet having played teams in the bottom half of the league,” he said. “Having a coach like John Dolan is great – he’s really pushing the team hard and getting the best out us.
“This weekend is going to be the biggest game so far. Kirkcaldy have a blend of youth and experienced players and both friendly games where close during the pre-season. We’re expecting another a tough game in Fife.”
Kilmarnock Storm host Edinburgh Capitals SNL on Saturday aiming to bounce back from two successive defeats.
Storm have lost at Moray Typhoons and Paisley Pirates over the past couple of weeks and forward Ryan Parkin is eager to regain the winning thread this weekend.
“We had a good start to the season, but started to slip when we got beat off Kirkcaldy followed by a run of difficult away games that didn’t go as planned,” said Parkin. “We just need to gather ourselves and get back to playing our systems.
“The Edinburgh game will be big for us – it’s our first home game for a while and we have a full squad. Edinburgh are a good team, but if we play to our systems I’m confident we will secure a win.”
Paisley Pirates face Dundee Tigers on Sunday looking to build on their impressive results last weekend.
The Pirates defeated North Ayrshire Wild and Kilmarnock Storm on their belated start to the campaign and coach Adam Walker believes the team will improve as the season progresses.
“It was really pleasing to get off to a good start last weekend,” said Walker. “Both North Ayrshire and Kilmarnock were playing their seventh game against us, but I thought we coped well and were comfortable for long spells in each.
“A real positive for the team is that every line had scoring at the weekend, which will enable us to rely on everybody to make an offensive contribution. Everyone has a role on the team and we expect our top offensive players to contribute regularly. However, that secondary scoring is also vital if we are to be successful.
“This weekend we welcome Dundee Tigers to Braehead and although they haven’t got off to the best start we will go into the game prepared and ready for the challenges they bring. They have some good players in the team that can pose a threat and we have to respect that.
“Hopefully we can get the same support from the fans as we did last week. They were excellent and the boys really appreciate the support, which inspires everyone to work hard, giving our fans a team to be proud of.”
Dundee Tigers v Aberdeen Lynx
Kilmarnock Storm v Edinburgh Capitals SNL
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Dundee Comets
North Ayrshire Wild v Solway Stingrays
Paisley Pirates v Dundee Tigers
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