SNL preview: Kestrels ready for Pirates test

Reigning SNL champions Kirkcaldy Kestrels face Paisley Pirates on Sunday with both teams heading into the contest boasting 100% records.

The teams swopped wins in the league during last season, while the Pirates defeated the Kestrels on their way to lifting the Scottish Cup.

Kestrels opened the current campaign with a 4-2 victory at Edinburgh Capitals SNL and utility player Iain Quinn (above) expects another close game this weekend.

“Paisley always make it difficult both home and away and I don’t see it being any different this time,” said Quinn.

“They’re a team that starts the game fast and hard and that continues throughout the whole game so we’ll need to be at our best to beat them.

“If we stick to our systems and play like we did against Edinburgh I think we’ve got a good chance of getting the two points, especially since we’re on home ice.”

The Pirates currently sit top of the table after victories over Kilmarnock Storm and Dundee Comets, and Head Coach Ian Turley is keen to get one over on their likely rivals for the title.

“It’s another tough one for us, but we’re entitled to think we can put on a show again and give a good account of ourselves.

“Our new guys are settling in well, so it’s good to have a number of lines you can send out with confidence to do a good job.

“While we had to come from behind against Dundee it showed that we don’t let our heads go down if the puck isn’t running for us.

“There will be spells on Sunday where that might happen, so it’s important that our players remember they’re playing against a good side.

“We hope to create chances with our style of play, but it’s important we’re clinical around the Kestrels’ net as not taking our chances could prove costly.

“It’s usually a game worth watching when we go against each other and I can’t imagine Sunday night will be any different.”

Aberdeen Lynx host the Capitals in the Scottish Cup on Saturday boosted by another new face.

Lewis McIntosh has signed for the club from Dundee Comets, joining Craig Findlay, Joe Durkacz and Adam McNicoll on a much-improved Lynx roster.

“The Lynx have been seen as a bit of an underdog the last few years,” McIntosh told the Aberdeen Evening Express.

“But after winning the play-offs last year, against a good Comets team, they will be seen as one of the teams to beat this season.

“I’m aiming for another play-off win and hopefully picking up more silverware.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Edinburgh Capitals SNL (Cup)
Dundee Tigers v North Ayrshire Wild
Moray Typhoons v Dundee Comets

Sunday

Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Paisley Pirates

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