Braehead Clan forward Brendan Brooks says Saturday’s home visit by Cardiff Devils will be a measure of their title ambitions.
It’s been an inconsistent season for Ryan Finnerty’s side, but it’s been a season of strange results and upsets across the Elite League.
Brooks has targeted two points from the Cardiff game to set them up for Sunday’s clash with Edinburgh Capitals.
Cardiff go into the game having blown a three-goal lead at Edinburgh on Friday night to lose 4-3 after overtime.
He said: “The Devils are the kind of team to measure our title credentials against, but we’re at home and have played well for the most part in those games.
“We haven’t played on home ice as much compared with the other teams, but I think we’ve been hard to beat and this is an opportunity to gauge where our own hopes lie.
“Getting back to a winning mentality is key, especially at home and especially against a team like Cardiff who have had a good season so far.
“They are in Scotland on a three-game road trip and every game will be important for them, but it’s a big two points for both teams and we want to get them.”
Brooks reflected on last week’s two matches with Fife Flyers that yielded a disappointing defeat and an important shut-out victory.
But he highlighted the importance of the team playing the full game in a league that’s become very unpredictable.
He added: “We’ve seen teams get upset by opponents they have a good record against and it’s true to say that any team can beat anybody on any night.
“Last Saturday in Fife we played a good 40 minute game and were up 2-0 and when we restarted they got a deflected effort that ‘Holtsy’ could do nothing about.
“Then they got the lucky one to tie it and instead of pushing on, we seemed to sit back and they made it 3-2. It all happened so fast.
“Unless you’re prepared to play for the full 60 minutes then games won’t go for you and that’s across the league.
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