Aberdeen Lynx coach Owen Reynolds thinks there’s a silver lining to his team’s play-offs exit – it will give them confidence they can knock Dundee Comets out of the Scottish Cup.
The Lynx exited the knock-out finale of the Scottish National League (SNL) season to the Comets at the weekend.
It was 6-2 after the first leg on Saturday in the Granite City.
However, the Lynx fought to victory the following day at Dundee Ice Arena to win the second leg 5-4.
It was the Lynx’s best result against the Comets – who finished a place above them in the league – this campaign, but an aggregate score of 10-7 meant Dundee progressed to finals weekend.
Reynolds, pictured, thinks penalty calls cost his team and left them with a mountain to climb after the home leg.
He said: “When it comes to big games, you really want a tie settled five against five. But whether justified or not, penalties cost us heavily during the play-off home leg.
“It was obviously both frustrating and disappointing, and losing 6-2 to a team of Dundee Comets’ calibre left us with a near impossible task to turn things around.
“We’re not exactly the sort of team to just roll over and give up though, and it was great to see the team feeling upbeat the following day.
“Regardless of the play-off outcome, we knew we’d be facing them again in the Scottish Cup. so it was essential we went out and proved we could compete with them.”
Reynolds credited tactical changes and a step-by-step mindset, with the Lynx giving the Comets such a good game on their own rink under huge pressure.
He said: “We made a few tweaks to our line-up and formation and basically went out with the intention to win each period and see what happened from there.
“We found ourselves 4-1 up in the third period which gave us hope of taking the tie to penalty shots. But unfortunately a couple of penalties – which we couldn’t argue with – cost us, and the Comets proved again how clinical they are on the powerplay.
“It was certainly disappointing not to get the fairytale ending I’m sure a few us had in the back of our minds, but the main thing was picking up a win against a formidable opponent away from home.
As Reynolds highlighted, Aberdeen will soon have a chance for revenge when they meet the Comets in the Scottish Cup at Linx Ice Arena on Saturday. A positive result will send the Lynx into the final, where they would meet Murrayfield Racers.
The Edinburgh side reached the showpiece with a 5-3 win at Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday.
The coach said: “We can now go into our Scottish Cup tie with a bit more confidence knowing we’re capable of testing them.”