INTERVIEW: McLeman demands togetherness from Caps cup tie

INTERVIEW: McLeman demands togetherness from Caps cup tie

 

Moray coach John McLeman is looking for his team to stick together against Edinburgh (Photo courtesy of Moray Typhoons)

MORAY TYPHOONS coach James McLeman believes working together as a team is the key to beating Edinburgh Capitals in the Scottish Cup this weekend.

The Caps are heavy favourites for Saturday’s second round tie as they travel to Elgin with a place in the semi finals at stake.

And the Typhoons coach is looking at the positives from their recent league clash, where the Capitals won 7-3 in their opening game.

McLeman said: “Edinburgh is an excellent side and are playing very good hockey at the moment. As a coach, preparing your team is crucial for the style of hockey they play.

“You have to believe in the systems that you have set out for your team and make sure the players execute the game plan.

“For this to happen, all the players need to believe in the game plan and most importantly believe in each
other.

“Players must win their individual battles and take care of their defensive responsibilities and we go into every game believing we can win.

“I take a lot of positives from the first game against Edinburgh and it was the first game of the season, where we didn’t get off to a good start. The second and third periods finished 3-3 and that’s the positive to take.”

The Typhoons have played three league games, but have yet to take a point from any of them so far. When you consider they started with two of the top three teams from last season, that’s certainly a factor.

That hasn’t dampened the Canadian’s spirits and is looking for his side to progress as they embark on their third season since joining the SNL.

And he has his eyes on moving up the table and competing with their luminaries in what has the potential to be an exciting season.

McLeman added: “Looking at the schedule before the drop of the first puck, I knew this was going to be a challenging start to the season.

“Even though we haven’t gained any points from our first three games it has been a positive start for us and I feel we’ve played seven fantastic periods of hockey during the three games we lost.

“I feel as a team we are heading in the right direction and it is a matter of time before our first win of the campaign.

“Looking ahead to the season, our aspirations are to build on the progress we have made in the last two seasons and my thoughts are we should be competing with all teams and turning some heads as well.

“Realistically we want to move up the table from our eighth place finish in the last two seasons, which will truly be the benchmark of a successful season for the Moray Typhoons.”

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