The Aberdeen Lynx will be hoping to build on their four-goal Scottish Cup lead over Moray Typhoons this weekend and net themselves a spot in the next round.
With a sell-out crowd expected to pack out the Links Ice Arena, the players will have the extra support they need to secure the win.
Last weekend’s first leg against the Moray Typhoons in Elgin saw the Lynx fight back from 4-2 down to win 9-5.
The bigger rink in Aberdeen will suit the Lynx’s faster players like Jordan Leyden, Sean Dyer and captain Christian Johnson, who should be able to make the most of the space. However, the Typhoons will be out for revenge with their dominant spell early in the last weekend’s second period showing they can more than match the Lynx at times.
But home captain Johnson is looking forward to the challenge, especially in front of an expected sell-out Aberdeen crowd.
He said: “We are looking forward to the second leg of the Scottish Cup to be on home ice.
“It will be a competitive game as always against Elgin however, having a four-goal advantage does help.”
In the first leg a combination of penalties and complacency meant the Typhoons were able to stage a second-period fightback scoring four goals in quick succession.
Johnson will be hoping his side are able to remain focused for the full 60 minutes to ensure there’s no slip-ups.
He added: “We can’t afford to be complacent and take our foot off the gas.
“At last week’s game I think we just switched off for five minutes and they scored a few quick goals, but we calmed down and began to play like we can – and then took control after that.
“We need to start this week’s game as we played the third period last week.”
The Lynx will be without forward Ross McIntosh for the second leg.
He was handed a six-game ban, with an additional nine-game ban added on top, for an incident involving Typhoon’s Maris Saultis during the third period of last weekend’s game.
But Christian is confident that, despite his loss being a massive blow, there’s enough depth in the team to keep winning the important games.
He said: “Losing Ross for the rest of the season is a massive blow as he is very effective in the important games and can come up big for us.
“I think the boys will keep playing the way we need to and keep us on a winning track.”