SNL preview: Turley aims to fend off Tigers

Paisley Pirates host Dundee Tigers on Sunday hoping to seal their place in the semi-finals of the SNL play-offs.

Pirates’ 7-0 victory in the first leg in Dundee should make the return game a formality, but Head Coach Ian Turley wants his players to finish the job in style.

“I suppose most folk will see us as shoe-ins for the final stages, as we’re carrying a lead from the first leg, but we’re not looking at it that way at all,” said Turley.

“The Tigers narrowly missed out on a Scottish Cup Final date with us after losing on penalties at Edinburgh last weekend, so that gives an indication of what they’re capable of.

“They’ll be hurting at being so close to a place in the final, so we have to prepare for the game like any other and look to perform to the standards we’ve set ourselves this season.

“Ice hockey can throw up some strange results, so we’ll be going out to show we deserve to be in the play-off weekend.

“Anything else would be unacceptable and we owe it to our supporters to put on a performance for them in our last home game of the season.

“We’re looking for the fans to get right behind us as we go into the first of hopefully three very important weekends, so the least they can expect is that we play not just to my expectations, but theirs as well.

“We’re in a position that every other team would love to be in at this time of the year, so it’s up to us to work hard in training, go out and do the business on Sunday, then see where we are after that.”

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Play-off quarter-final 2nd Leg

Saturday

Dundee Comets v North Ayrshire Wild

Sunday

Edinburgh Capitals SNL v Aberdeen Lynx
Paisley Pirates v Dundee Tigers

(Image permission: Al Goold Photo)

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