ABERDEEN LYNX player-coach Barry Carnegie believes Sunday’s loss at Edinburgh Capitals has sent out a message to the rest of the SNL.
The North East club took the free-scoring Caps all the way at Murrayfield last Sunday, only to be edged out 5-4 on Sunday.
But Carnegie, in his first full season as the head coach at the Lynx, has seen enough from his team to be positive about the campaign ahead.
He said: “We may have came away empty handed in terms of points in Edinburgh on Sunday, but we have sent a message to the rest of the league with how close we pushed the pacesetters.
“It was a tight game and we stuck to what we spoke about. We had practiced in training on Wednesday and what we worked on nearly came off.
“For me, Edinburgh have been the best team to watch for the past 3 years and this year they look stronger than ever.
“I honestly think the win and the way we played in Solway a couple of weeks ago coupled with the performance in Edinburgh on Sunday has shown us what we can do.
“In previous years we wouldn’t have closed out a close game in Solway or even competed against the Caps so we now have a run of games where we can get some serious points on the board.”
This weekend, Carnegie takes his team to Dundee Tigers – the team that recently knocked them out of the Autumn Cup over two legs.
The Lynx coach believes another close game could be on the cards, but reckons confidence will be high among his team.
Plus he revealed whether, as a former Dundee Comets player-coach, he enjoyed getting victories over the Tayside outfit.
Carnegie added: “We know the Tigers probably better than most teams and our games have always been even when we’ve played them.
“The two Autumn Cup games were no different and it was small margins that made all the difference in that cup tie.
“Saturday will be the same again and we go to Dundee with nearly a full squad and high in confidence and having nearly a full team to choose from is a big plus for us due to work commitments and such like.
“As for whether I enjoy beating the Tigers, I’ve been asked that before because of my previous Comets links. I am also a former Tiger too though, although half of Dundee can lay claim to that.”