Ice hockey: Cats ready for scrap as Aberdeen Lynx host Dundee Tigers

Jordan Leyden scores for the Lynx. Picture by Ferguson Photography

The Lynx are expecting to be tested this weekend as they take on eighth-placed Dundee Tigers.

Despite their league position, the Tigers always put up a strong challenge when visiting Aberdeen.

And their win over the Granite City outfit earlier in the season proves they’ve got what it takes.

Confidence will be high in the Lynx camp after three wins out of four in 2018 – including two strong showings in front of packed home crowds.

But they will need to maintain their focus to ensure complacency doesn’t slip into their game, according to coach Owen Reynolds.

He said: “When we last met the Tigers we were on a run of heavy-scoring, comfortable wins and probably allowed ourselves to become complacent.

“Since then we’ve had to wrestle with a host of work commitments, injuries and suspensions which have really tested our character.

“We’re fortunate to have a big squad but this has regularly been thinned out all season.”

The Lynx are without Ross McIntosh and Sean Dyer due to suspensions. A number of other players are missing because of work commitments and injuries.

But tough games earlier this month have provided the perfect preparation for this game. Owen added: “Our recent games against Kilmarnock Storm and Moray Typhoons will serve as good preparation as we’ve had to put in some gritty performances to get results.

“Although the Tigers have some talented players they always bring a fair degree of mettle which makes them even more dangerous.

“I don’t think there’s a sense that we want to make up for one result in October.

“It’s more a case of we’re at home and we want to win, and that won’t be easy.

“It’ll take a big performance from everyone involved in what I’m sure will be a tight, hard-fought encounter.”

Elsewhere in the league tomorrow, Moray Typhoons will host Paisley Pirates.

On Sunday, leaders Kirkcaldy Kestrels will travel to second Dundee Comets, Edinburgh Capitals will face Kilmarnock Storm at Murrayfield and bottom Solway Stingrays host second bottom North Ayrshire Wild.