FINAL PUSH FOR PIRATES
Paisley Pirates face their most important week of the season so far as they prepare to travel to Dundee on Saturday to face the local Tigers in their final SNL match of the season.
“I can think of easier places to be going than Dundee to face the Tigers,” said coach Ian Turley. “They’ve had a difficult run of late and will be looking to turn us over, as they’re wanting points to put them in a good position come the end of season playoffs. We’re where most teams would like to be, where your fate is in your own hands, but once again we’ll need to be at the very top of our form, play with total commitment for 60 minutes, and carry the wee bit of luck that you sometimes need.”
“We had a good result at Kilmarnock at the weekend but the 11-4 margin wasn’t as straightforward as it looks. We twice allowed the Storm a hint of daylight when they pulled back a couple of goals, and on Saturday we need to be sure we are entirely focused on the job in hand, which is to come away from that arena with both points. There are other games still to be played which could affect the final league placings, but like I say we’ll be treating this no differently to any other game. It’ll be hard going, of that I’m certain, we very rarely have an easy time of it against them, particularly at their place, but that’s the task in hand, so this week we will be concentrating very closely on the strategies we need to employ to make that happen.”
He continued, “At Kilmarnock, we had a couple of players missing for various reasons, so a couple of guys were playing in different positions or on different lines from usual, but they still came up with the goods and that was very pleasing. I’ve said before that we have a number of players who can multi-task and those who can chip in with a goal or two when needed and that was illustrated again on Saturday, when we had seven different scorers spread throughout the team-that’s what makes us difficult to play against, we have players all over the team who can score goals, so if one line isn’t firing, another line is capable of doing the business. It’s the team ethic that’s worked for us all season long, so that won’t change on Saturday, I’ll be relying on every single player donning a Pirates’ top to make a telling contribution.”
“Our supporters also have a very important role to play, by getting to Dundee on Saturday and cheering on the boys from the first puck drop. I know a number of fans have already said they’re going, and it’s important we get as many of them there as possible, making as much noise as possible, and being part of the team effort which has taken us this far.”
Face off at Dundee Ice Rink is at 7.30pm.