Paisley Pirates travel to Moray Typhoons on Saturday looking to follow up last week’s excellent performance against Edinburgh Capitals SNL.
Pirates recorded a 3-1 victory to move up to third in the standings, and with games in hand on the two teams above them Ian Turley’s side are now firmly in the title picture.
Typhoons are currently ninth in the table, with just three wins this season, but Turley is taking nothing for granted.
He said: “As I’ve been saying all year, the standard in this league continues to rise and you can’t look at any game and reckon it’s two points in the bag.
“Edinburgh were runaway leaders earlier in the season, but they’ve lost a few matches recently and, while they’re certainly not out of anything at this stage, there’s four or five teams at least in with a shout of making the play-offs.
“It shows that you really have to prepare properly for every game and take nothing for granted, as there are plenty of teams able and willing to turn you over at the moment if your standards drop a fraction.
“We’ve got a tricky match on Saturday and, as we found to our cost in the Scottish Cup last season, it’s a very different proposition playing the Typhoons in their own place than it is on the wide open spaces of Braehead.
“The rink is tight, there always seems to be a lot of players on the ice, and it’s a completely different kind of game to that which supporters are used to seeing us play at home.
“We have to remember that while we received two very welcome points in beating the Caps on Sunday, you get exactly the same reward for beating anyone else, and that’s the attitude we’re taking on the run in towards the end of the regular season.”
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