MORAY TYPHOONS’ captain Kevin Russell says Saturday’s visit by Kilmarnock Storm is their biggest game of the season so far.
The Elgin side face the men from Ayrshire with either of them yet to get off the mark in terms of league points.
And Typhoons skipper Russell admits he and his team-mates were bitterly disappointed at not opening their account last Saturday against North Ayrshire Wild, losing 6-1.
Russell said: “For us to start putting points on the table then this Saturday’s game is definitely the biggest one of the season.
“As a team we are getting frustrated at the lack of points and were hoping to get our season underway last week at Ayr which didn’t happen.
“The guys were bitterly disappointed but I’m looking for a big positive reaction on Saturday.
“It has to go down as one of our worst performances for a long time. Ayr just wanted it more.”
Both sides make up the bottom two places in the SNL after suffering disappointing starts to the campaign.
Russell reckons one game could be the catalyst to kick off a good spell of form, although admits there is a fear that clubs at the bottom can be cut adrift at this point.
He added: “One good game can kick start your season and we’ve had situations where we’ve produced great periods against the top teams, but haven’t put a solid 60 minutes in.
“There can be a fear you can be cut adrift, but it’s a tight league and with the bottom two missing the playoffs, there’s always a chance if you can put a run together.
“But I believe the league is getting better year on year as clubs get more professionally run and a big effort is being made to get people into hockey.
“Everyone wants to win and compete at a high level and with only a few professional teams in Scotland that makes the SNL very competitive.”