PAISLEY PIRATES captain Graham McCamley says missing out on the SNL title has made them more determined to win the Scottish Cup.
Ian Turley’s men make their way to face Aberdeen Lynx in Sunday’s semi final – the only game across the SNL all weekend.
And McCamley, who returned from long term injury in last weekend’s thumping 19-0 win over Kilmarnock Storm, is determined to help his team take silverware in these final games of the campaign.
He said: “It’s great to get back on the ice with the boys. I was still going down to training but it’s hard to watch from the sidelines and not being able to get involved. So, it definitely good to be back.
“I broke my collarbone in the game against Kirkcaldy Kestrels back in November and it kept me out ever since until last weekend.
“But considering how long I’ve been out of action, I’m very keen to chip in during the final stretch of the season. Hopefully I can help us get over the finish line and win some silverware.
“I’m very proud of how the team has done this year and I feel we’ve one of the most, if not the most talented group of guys in the league.
“It was disappointing that we came so close to winning the league, but couldn’t close it out. Looking ahead, we feel we can beat anyone on our day.
“Sunday’s game will be tough but after missing out on the SNL, it’s made us more determined to win the Scottish Cup.”
Pirates face off against Lynx at 1.30pm on Sunday – an unusually early start – as they look to claim a final berth where they would play either Edinburgh Capitals or Dundee Tigers.
McCamley doesn’t believe the lunchtime start gives Aberdeen an advantage and is more excited to be playing in front of expected big support.
And he’s also keen to reward everyone involved with the Pirates with a trophy after the hard work carried out on and off the ice in what’s been a good season for them.
He added: “It’s certainly an unusual time for a face off in the SNL, but I wouldn’t say it gives Aberdeen an advantage.
“If anything, we enjoy the hostile atmosphere up there and they always get a good crowd so we are exited and ready to go regardless of face off time.
“Ultimately, it will come down to who wants it most It’s make or break time and I’m expecting a close game.
“Seasons are defined by what you win in the end. Nobody remembers who came second place so a trophy would mean everything for our club.
“There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at our club and have many people that chip in to make things as best they can be for us the players.
“A trophy would be the ideal thank you to all of those people behind the scenes and as a team on the ice, that’s our goal to deliver that.”