PREVIEW: Cup action and league points up for grabs

PREVIEW: Cup action and league points up for grabs
Dundee Comets and Dundee Tigers are set to do battle in another cup tie this weekend (Photo by Derek Black)

Dundee Comets and Dundee Tigers are set to do battle in another cup tie this weekend (Photo by Derek Black)

A CUP final place, a semi final place and two big league points are up for grabs as we look ahead to a very busy Sunday and a chance for certain teams to really make a mark on their season.

Sunday, 6.45pm, Dundee Ice Arena

THESE city rivals go head to head for the third time this season and once again, they’re doing it in the name of cup competition.

Tigers overcame the Comets in the two-legged Autumn Cup semi final last month, winning 2-0 on aggregate and has been a highlight of an underachieving season so far.

Comets meanwhile have fared far better in the league campaign, but will come in on the back of what will have been a tough match with Solway Sharks on Saturday.

There could be a hangover from that and the freshness of the Tigers could be a factor. Maybe not early on, but as the game progresses.

The winners of this all-Tayside affair will take on Edinburgh Capitals in the last four so the incentive is there for either team to take this opportunity for a good cup run.

Sunday, 8.15pm, Murrayfield

DUNDEE TIGERS await the winners of this tie and Paisley Pirates are in pole position as they head to Murrayfield for the return leg.

Stuart Miller’s power play goal settled the first leg at Braehead Arena, but this would be quite a night for Paisley to overcome their away day issues.

They haven’t won on the road since the previous round of this tournament, where they were victorious in both legs at Kilmarnock Storm.

Going to league leaders Edinburgh Capitals, they tasted defeat for the first time in that first leg and will be keen to claim a final place in a tournament they won last year.

With experienced players at this level, Scott Neil’s side will be heavy favourites to turn the tie around, but Pirates can never be underestimated and looks set to be a great game.

Sunday, 6.45pm, Fife Ice Arena

THE confidence is back in Kirkcaldy after overcoming two big opponents in Aberdeen Lynx and Paisley Pirates to move level on points with Edinburgh Capitals at the top of the table.

Granted, the Kestrels will have played four games more than their Murrayfield rivals, but the fact they’ve won their matches will put the pressure on the Caps to continue on their good league run.

Kilmarnock Storm come to town and are still without any league points so far. They are three points adrift of Dundee Tigers, who are just above and badly need even just a point to give them a boost.

They will be heavy underdogs for this game and fans of the SNL champions will already have their eyes on two points that will put them top of the table.

Storm go to Fife with a huge challenge ahead of them and anything they take from the Kestrels should be regarded as a bonus. But a win could be the trigger they badly need to kick them on.

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