DUNDEE TIGERS’ Ian Carstairs says last week’s 3-2 last gasp loss at Solway Sharks was like “the end of a Mighty Ducks movie’.
The game looked destined for a tied game until Gordon Horne popped up in the last SECOND to nick the points for the Dumfries men.
But, looking ahead to their home game with Paisley Pirates on Sunday, Carstairs believes the heartache can spur them on.
He said: “That was like being on the wrong side at the end of a Mighty Ducks movie. We really didn’t deserve to lose the game.
“We’d been on top in terms of possession for the majority and we’re only stopped from being four or five ahead by the heroics of their keeper.
“But to lose in the manner we did was just devastating, but we can use it as a valuable lesson.
“If anything, we’re determined not to be in the situation again and know that we can’t switch off at any point during a game. Going forward I think can help us in future games.”
Tigers return to Tayside for their first home regular season game and it’s Ian Turley’s side that are coming as they look to kick off their own campaign with two points.
Both sides reached the Autumn Cup semi finals so will be looking to build on that, despite Tigers’ blemish last week.
Carstairs reckons getting the Pirates for their first home fixture is as tough as they could have got and believes his team could be in the SNL title mix later on.
He added: “The game is about a tough a test as you get. The Pirates are always a big, physical team who play some good hockey and aren’t afraid to mix things up.
They’ve added a couple of new players during the summer and will be stronger than they were last season.
“That said, we’ve been working hard and are prepared for what teams bring to us. We might have to adjust our gameplan as we go, but we have the depth to do that this season.
“I’m not going to give away our gameplan but the Pirates can expect to be tested this weekend.
“We’ve added a couple of guys who bring extra speed to the lineup and our games with the Pirates are always eventful and I don’t see this one being any different.
“As far as the season’s concerned, I genuinely think that any team can beat another on the night and we’ve already seen Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Edinburgh Capitals in the Autumn Cup.
“There’s no reason why that won’t be the case in the league and we’re going to be competing this year. With the squad we have I think we’ll be in the mix at the business end of the season.
“Two things we’ve struggled with in recent years have been consistency and injuries and if we can play to our potential and guys stay fit through the season, we’re going to be in that battle.”