Dundee Tigers host Moray Typhoons in the SNL on Sunday aiming to put last week’s home defeat against Kirkcaldy Kestrels firmly behind them.
The result was the first time the Tigers have lost this season, although three draws out of their opening five games has left them in sixth place heading into the weekend.
Defender Ian Carstairs (above) admitted it’s been a frustrating couple of months for the Tigers.
“We’d like to be higher up the table, but we have games in hand and feel we’ve got the team to start moving the right way,” said Carstairs.
“The Typhoons are always a tough opponent to face. They play with a lot of intensity and an unorthodox style which makes them difficult to play against at times.
“We suffered a bit of a blow in our last game as one of our young starlets, Robbie Barnett, suffered a significant injury that has forced us to shuffle our lines for this game and the foreseeable future.
“It’s obviously changed the dynamics of the team, but we’re confident we can make things work.
“We didn’t play well enough in our last game, but we’ve learned some valuable lessons that will influence our approach to this match.
“We need to be smarter, play to our strengths and we’ve got to make sure each individual knows and sticks to their role.
“A win is essential to keep us in touch with the top half of the table, before an extended run of away games that takes us into the New Year.”
Second-placed Aberdeen Lynx visit Kilmarnock Storm on Saturday hoping to keep up the pressure on leaders Paisley Pirates.
Last Sunday’s 8-1 victory at North Ayrshire Wild maintained Lynx’s unbeaten record and moved them to within two points of the Pirates.
Forward Jordan Leyden was amongst the scorers last weekend and says the team are pleased at how they’ve performed this season.
“Seven games without a loss is already a huge achievement, but we need to keep pushing on,” said Leyden.
“We’ve come a long way over the last few seasons and with a little taste of success in the play-offs last year we want to better that this season.
“We know what we’re capable of, so as long as we keep working hard week in week out we’ll be challenging come the end of the season.”
Kilmarnock Storm v Aberdeen Lynx
Dundee Tigers v Moray Typhoons
(Image permission: Derek Black)