The Aberdeen Lynx are in good spirits ahead of what is expected to be a close, physical encounter in this afternoon’s playoff semi-final.
Although the Lynx lost in Edinburgh 6-2 last weekend, the previous Saturday’s 8-3 win was enough to ensure they went through to the semi-finals 10-9 on aggregate to face Paisley Pirates.
The Lynx have faced Paisley three times already this season, winning once at home (5-4 in October) and losing twice (6-4 in November at Paisley and 2-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Aberdeen).
Head coach and player Barry Carnegie said the mood among the Aberdeen players good.
He said: “The mood in the camp is good, although last Sunday was a bit of a nail biter, the boys were delighted to reach our first finals weekend.
“We know the Pirates well from our games this season, they are a team who have improved as the season as gone on, they are also on a good run at the moment and are full of confidence.
“They play a fast physical game which we will have to be at our best to overcome.”
With the news that the Lynx’s supporters club are taking a coach load of fans to the Fife Ice Arena to provide the important seventh man, coach Carnegie added: “The fans have been awesome all year and I’m sure they will do us proud again today.
“We are spoilt with the support we receive and hopefully we give them something to shout about in Kirkcaldy.”
Aberdeen Lynx take on Paisley Pirates in Kirkcaldy at 4.45pm today. Kirkcaldy Kestrels will face Dundee Comets in other semi-final later tonight, with the final due to take place tomorrow at 6p