PIRATES BACK TO BUSINESS
It’s back to business this week for the Paisley Pirates after the excitement of clinching the SNL title last weekend, and it’s another crucial fixture for them as they return to Kilmarnock, this time on Scottish Cup business, for the first leg of the two legged semi final against the local Storm. Pirates won there 11-4 only two weeks ago, but coach Ian Turley is expecting a tough time on the small ice pad.
“I know we won at Kilmarnock only two weeks ago, but that result will have nothing at all to do with the outcome this Saturday (face off 7.00pm). If anything, it’ll be a little bit harder as this time we’ll be going as league champions and we’re there to be shot at. Every game between now and the end of the season, and every one of them is at least as important as this one, will be the same, with sides looking to take us down,” he said. “The 11-4 scoreline looks convincing enough, but they gave us problems at various times during that game, and we had a lot of former Pirates playing against us, all looking to prove a point.”
He went on, “We also have a point to prove in every game we play. We want to show that as league champions we deserve to be champions, as the results show, but we need to continue turning up and putting in the hard graft in every shift to illustrate that fact-that’s what got us the title, but we won’t win anything else unless we keep putting in the same high level of performances which got us there-anything else, and we can forget it! That’s what we need to do, and it’ll be my job to ensure we do it. There’s a cup final place at stake, we’ll be taking absolutely nothing for granted, so it’s business as usual for us when we hit the ice this coming Saturday.”
The second leg takes place at Braehead Arena on Sunday 5 March at 6.00pm. The winners over the two legs will meet the winners of the Dundee derby between the Comets and the Tigers.