Edinburgh Capitals SNL host North Ayrshire Wild on Sunday aiming to bounce back from last week’s 7-3 road defeat against the same opponents.
Capitals were expected to mount a serious challenge for honours this season and Head Coach Martin Cingel has demanded an immediate response from his team.
“It was a tough game – we had a few players missing which made it a difficult task for us, but hopefully we can regroup this weekend,” said Cingel.
“We need to make sure we play better as a unit defensively – that’s not just the defenders, but the forwards too.
“It won’t be easy with the Wild running four lines, although we should have a few more players available.”
Paisley Pirates head to Dundee Comets on Saturday hoping to build on last week’s flying start to the campaign.
Pirates won 10-0 at home to Kilmarnock Storm, but Head Coach Ian Turley has challenged his team to reproduce that form on their travels this season.
“It was our poor away form which cost us the league title last year, so we have to be looking for a big improvement in that respect if we want to be serious challengers,” said Turley.
“It’s no use doing the business every time we play at home, if we then drop our standards when we’re on the road.
“The Comets are always a tough nut to crack and I don’t remember a match against them where there was much more than a goal or two in it over the sixty minutes.
“It will take another good performance if we’re looking to come away from there with something to show for our efforts.
“Like us, they will have aspirations towards challenging for honours, and these are the kind of games you have to go and win, so we’ll work hard in training this week and prepare well for what lies ahead of us at the weekend.”
Aberdeen Lynx have strengthened their squad ahead of Saturday’s game at Moray Typhoons with the signing of ‘D’ man Craig Findlay.
The 24-year-old has joined the club from the Comets and Head Coach Barry Carnegie believes Findlay will be an excellent addition to his roster.
“I’ve known Craig since he was 16, so when the chance came up to coach him again it was an easy decision for me,” Carnegie told the Aberdeen Evening Express.
“He has good size and skill and can read the game very well. It also helps that he knows the guys here and will fit in straight away.
“The Lynx fans will really take to him – he’s the type of player who sometimes doesn’t realise how good he is.”
Dundee Comets v Paisley Pirates
Moray Typhoons v Aberdeen Lynx
Edinburgh Capitals SNL v North Ayrshire Wild