INTERVIEW: McLeman full of pride at Typhoons’ success

INTERVIEW: McLeman full of pride at Typhoons’ success
James McLeman

Moray Typhoons coach James McLeman is proud of clinching a play-off spot last week

MORAY TYPHOONS coach James McLeman says he is proud of his players after they reached the play-offs, but has warned against complacency.

The Elgin side recorded a 4-3 win over Edinburgh Capitals to send them into the top eight, continuing their winning run to four games.

But McLeman has urged his players to keep the run going in their remaining league games and into the play-offs.

He said: “I am extremely proud of the boys and how they are playing at the moment. They are showing the kind of hockey I always knew we could play.

“Each season we have made steady progress and all the hard work is starting to pay off at last. We’ve beaten the second, third and fourth place teams in the last few weeks and that says it all.

“But this is no time to become complacent. We will continue to take one game at a time and not get ahead of ourselves. We have two matches games left and our focus is on winning both of them.”

Next up for the Typhoons is Aberdeen Lynx, who have still to confirm their spot in the top eight heading into the weekend.

The last time both teams met saw Barry Carnegie’s side triumph 6-1 as Lynx ended a three-game unbeaten stretch for Moray.

And McLeman has back them to reach the play-offs given the talent he believes they have.

He added: “Aberdeen is a great team and I have nothing but respect for them, as well as their organisation and fans.

“They played extremely well the last time we faced them, but it’s difficult to ensure consistency in this league when you have players that have work commitments and families etc.

“Lynx are no different to other teams and they’ve had to contend with that too, but with a team like theirs, they’ll reach the play-offs.”

But as they begin to gear up for the battle for supremacy in the post season, McLeman revealed the secret behind his team’s turnaround in form.

And he revealed his excitement of what lies ahead, especially considering the opposition they’ve beaten recently.

McLeman said: “Our secret is simple. We are playing 60 minutes of hockey and in the past, if we went down a goal early or gave up a goal at a crucial time, our heads would go down.

“We would stop playing as a team, but now we have the belief we can get that goal back by sticking to our systems and taking our opportunities when they come.

“Belief and heart are very important in hockey and that is what the boys have.

“I think we’ve proven we can beat anyone in this league. We were sitting in ninth place with only three wins then we beat the Paisley Pirates, North Ayrshire and Edinburgh Capitals.

“Anything can happen over the next two games so nobody is a sure win in this league. It is going to
be exciting whoever we face in the playoffs though.”

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