Discipline will be key tonight as the Aberdeen Lynx take on Moray Typhoons.
The Elgin-based side will make the trip down the A96 for what, going by recent encounters between the two, will be a very physical battle.
A double header last weekend saw the Typhoons claim all four points, with an 11-0 demolition of bottom-of-the-league Solway Stingrays and a 4-0 win away from home against Dundee Tigers.
The Lynx will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at the hands of rivals Dundee Comets by turning in a strong performance in their last home game of the year.
Earlier this season the Lynx came out on top after going down 2-0 in the opening minutes of the first period.
Despite a number of good goals, it was the penalties in the fierce second period that most fans will remember from that encounter.
Taking control, focusing on the game and ignoring any attempts from the Typhoons to goad his players into drawing penalties will be key to the Lynx coming out on top, according to coach Owen Reynolds.
He said: “Games against Moray Typhoons are always tough, physical encounters.They’ll definitely be buoyed by recent results and the fact that our game against them at the start of the season was close.
“Discipline will be a big issue and it’s important we don’t allow ourselves to be antagonised. Equally important will be our work rate.
“The Typhoons give everything they’ve got, every game, so we’ll need to match their effort if we want to get back to winning ways and put the disappointment of last weekend’s game behind us.”
Tonight’s encounter will also see the return of the annual Teddy Throw charity drive. Fans are asked to bring along a soft toy, wrapped in a clear plastic bag or clingfilm, to throw on to the ice. The toys will be collected and donated to Charlie House, Cyrenians, Me Too and the Original 106FM Christmas appeal.
Club chairman Martin Hill said: “The generosity of our fans over the last three years has been amazing and we are always overwhelmed.
“We realise it comes hard on the heels of last weekend’s fundraiser for Max Appeal, which raised more than £900 for the 22q.11 charity.”
“We’re aware our fans have been hit by the downturn they always dig deep to help our chosen charities.”