WE have a busy weekend ahead as five games across three competitions come firmly into focus, with cup places and league points up for grabs.
Two games in the league on Saturday kick things off where teams need wins to get themselves back on track as we start to find out just who has genuine title contenders.
This is part one of our weekend preview.
SNL: ABERDEEN LYNX vs MORAY TYPHOONS
Saturday, 7.15pm, Linx Ice Arena
THEY’LL be bruised and battered after shipping nine to Kirkcaldy Kestrels last weekend, but Aberdeen Lynx will have already turned their attention to the visit of Moray Typhoons.
The Elgin side have started to pick some form so can be expected to compete and perhaps further dent Lynx’s title aspirations.
The man to watch is their skipper Kevin Russell, who has scored seven in his last two and will be keen to further that tally even more.
In terms of simple geography, it’s something of a derby for both clubs and Aberdeen, being at home, need the points to get back on track.
But Moray have had their first away league win and will smell the blood of the Lynx. Can they get the points and bring themselves level on points? They’ll certainly fancy it.
SNL: DUNDEE COMETS vs SOLWAY SHARKS
Saturday, 7pm, Dundee Ice Arena
IT’S been a long couple of weeks for Dundee Comets, but after a thumping 9-3 defeat to Moray Typhoons, they get the chance to redress that balance with a visit by Solway Sharks.
The Sharks go to Tayside for the second time this season, but do so after a narrow victory over North Ayrshire Wild last week that lifted them above them in the table.
Positions and points are very tight in the SNL at the moment and a victory can lift any team by a couple of places and Solway would be knocking the door of the top half of the table.
As for the Comets, it’s the first of a weekend home double header as they get ready to face Dundee Tigers in cup action again so victory here will tee them up nicely.
But the young lads from Dumfries will have other ideas as they continue to develop in the harsh confines of the SNL and are developing well.