Ice Hockey: Lynx looking to make most of fervent ‘hockey town’ support

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Aberdeen is quickly turning into a “hockey town” thanks to the fans’ backing of SNL side the Lynx.

With the club practically selling out the Links Arena for every home game, as well as having a dedicated away following, it’s clear to see why the outfit’s chairman thinks so.

And with this weekend marking the side’s first home game of 2018, Martin Hill is calling on the Lynx fans to create a “wall of noise and colour” as Kilmarnock Storm come to Aberdeen.

Hill said: “We had a magnificent away support at Braehead yet again, especially when you consider that during December alone the club had away games in Edinburgh and two trips to Kilmarnock in as many weeks, including one on December 23.

“Whether the fans travelled with the Supporters Club on the coach, or independently, I know the players love the fact that home or away they are cheered on by the largest support in the league, whether they are winning or not.

“We have two big home games coming up this month, firstly against Kilmarnock Storm in the league this weekend, then the second leg of our Scottish Cup second round game against local rivals Moray Typhoons.

“Our fans can and do make the difference in games by turning the Linx Ice Arena into a wall of noise and colour and getting behind the players from the first whistle to the final buzzer.

“So hopefully they will turn out in force for these games and be the ‘extra man’ – which may be a cliché, but with an average attendance on a par with clubs in the Elite League, we are slowly but surely turning Aberdeen into a hockey town.

“We need to use the support to our advantage.”

Lynx coach Owen Reynolds will be determined to use that added support to help make amends for last month’s rescheduled game in Kilmarnock, which saw the Storm coming out on top 9-6.

Reynolds said: “Having our cancelled away game against the Storm rescheduled for December 23 was just as frustrating as getting to Glasgow only to be told to turn the team bus around due to a fault at their ice rink.

“We had to play them with the bare bones of a team so we’ll very much be looking forward to being back on home ice and giving them a more even contest.”