EDINBURGH CAPITALS captain Sean Donaldson admits their title hopes are out of their hands after losing to Moray Typhoons.
After such a great start to the campaign, the Caps have steadily fell out of the reckoning, compounded by Saturday’s 4-3 loss in Elgin.
And Donaldson says it’s been a frustrating time for the team, who have played shorthanded at times this season and suffered a dip in form.
He said: “Our title hopes took a major blow in Elgin where it’s always an awkward place to go play, especially with their recent form.
“It was a game we had hoped to come away with both points despite another short bench, but their coach got the most out of them, which deserves great credit.
“After taking great confidence from our result short benched against a decent Comets team, it was frustrating to leave Elgin with nothing.
“It’s tremendously frustrating to be where we are after the start we had, but we’ve had some off ice issues and also guys’ other commitments have left us struggling to play a full team every week.
“The title race is now effectively out of our hands, but we will continue to try and do our bit and just have to see what happens.
“What comes out of Edinburgh next season will be interesting, there may well be some big changes, but we shall see.”
Donaldson is hopeful of a favourable result in Kirkcaldy when Dundee Comets go there hoping to take points from the league leaders.
He refuses to throw his full support behind Rab Brown’s team, but is hopeful they can give the Caps the lifeline they need to give them a sniff of the SNL crown.
But knows they’ll have to take care of their own business first and foremost, as they face Dundee Tigers on Tayside on Saturday before hosting Paisley Pirates at Murrayfield on Sunday.
He added: “I don’t think any team in the league would properly support another team, but we know who we’d prefer to win the game, put it that way.
“The Comets were the team who ultimately destroyed our title challenge at the end of last season, so they are more than capable and it would be nice if they did the same to the Kestrels this year.
“Looking to our games though, Dundee Tigers are one of the hardest working teams in the league and their playoff win a couple of seasons ago is testament to that.
“I’m not exactly sure why they are where they are, but perhaps a little more strength in depth is needed in their squad.
“As for Paisley, they’re a talented side, which is spread throughout their lines, but they back that up with hard graft.
“Ian Turley puts a great amount of time and effort in and it comes across that he has his players well drilled.”