COACH PRAISES PLAYERS
Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley has praised his players after their latest 6-2 victory over Aberdeen Lynx took them into the semi finals of the Scottish Cup, where they’ll meet this weekend’s opponents on league business, Kilmarnock Storm.
“I feel we still weren’t at our full potential at the weekend, and it’s only now that we’re getting rid of illness and injury and starting to get a bit of a flow about us,” he said. “We need to stay grounded, focused, and continue to play one game at a time.”
“Over the past couple of weeks everyone has been really positive no matter whether they’ve been getting 3 minutes of ice time, or 30 minutes. At this stage of the season every game is a big one and every player has bought into the mind set and has contributed something to the cause, whether it’s been in training and/or during a game-it has, and will continue to be, the full roster which keeps the big wheel turning.”
He went on,” The good thing about all of our games from last Sunday till the end of the season is that every one of them is a cup final for us, with a lot at stake every time we step onto the ice. Playing in games where everything is at stake will always bring out the best in players, particularly in the squad we have at the moment, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“We’re now fully focused on our next big game, which is the short trip to Kilmarnock on Saturday for our penultimate game in the league this season. I don’t think I need to spell it out to anyone just how important it is to us to take the points from this match as while the Storm have had a rough season so far, they showed the kind of spirit they have in their camp by beating North Ayr on aggregate, after losing to them at home in the first leg in their Scottish Cup tie so that shows to me that they have a spirit about them, and I’ll be reinforcing the message to our boys in training this week just how important it is that we play to our capabilities.”
Face off at Kilmarnock is at 7.00pm