SNL preview: Pirates ready to go wild in the play-offs

Paisley Pirates continue their treble chase this weekend as they face North Ayrshire Wild in the quarter-final of the SNL play-offs.

The Pirates already have the league title under the belts and are through to the Scottish Cup final against Dundee Comets.

Wild finished the regular season in eighth place, but Turley has urged his players not to take them lightly.

“I said a few weeks ago that every game was a cup final now, and this weekend proves my point,” said Turley.

“North Ayr have had a difficult season but will see this as the perfect opportunity to round it off in style by beating the new league champions.

“We’ll be sticking to our well established routine of taking one game at a time – that’s what we’ve been doing all season, and we aren’t changing it now.

“Attitude of mind is just as important as fitness when I’m looking at a squad of players, and it matters that they have the right one when they go out on the ice.

“We’ve never won the play-off weekend – we’ve had a few disappointments over the years in the final stages. It would be great to tick that box, but we are not even there yet.

“I’m happy that we’ve got the players to do the job of reaching the finals weekend, but it’s who is best over the two legs.

“I’m sure that the Wild will be determined to spoil the party for us. A couple of our squad played for them last year, so there will be added spice to the two legs.

“We’ve got big occasion players in our ranks and every game from here on in is a big one, so I’m looking to everyone on our bench to go out and show me that they deserve the faith that’s been placed in them.

Kirkcaldy Kestrels kick-off their play-off campaign on Sunday at home to Edinburgh Capitals SNL missing two of their top players.

Chad Smith and Caly Robertson will be with the GB U18 squad in Korea, but defender Robbie Hill (above) is confident the Kestrels can cope without the pair.

“The team has been working hard at training on a few tweaks the coaching staff have made to the way we play, due to the absence of Chad and Caly who are in Korea for the duration of the play-offs,” said Hill.

“Going into these games we’ll be looking to make these adjustments pay off and hope to put it all together this coming Sunday.

“It’s been a disappointing season in terms of silverware, but with such a young team we feel we’ve progressed over the season so we’re looking to start with a bang against the Caps.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Dundee Comets v Moray Typhoons
North Ayrshire Wild v Paisley Pirates

Sunday

Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Edinburgh Capitals SNL
Moray Typhoons v Dundee Comets
Paisley Pirates v North Ayrshire Wild

(Image permission: Al Goold Photo & Gordon Venters)

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