Pi­rates braced for stern test

Paisley Daily Express - - Paisley’s Past - Ice Hockey

Pais­ley Pi­rates face their tough­est chal­lenge of the sea­son so far as they host tre­ble win­ners Dundee Comets in a mouth-wa­ter­ing clash to­mor­row.

The visi­tors com­pleted a clean sweep of do­mes­tic hon­ours last year, win­ning the Scot­tish Cup, the league play­offs, and the SNL ti­tle – the lat­ter by the virtue of a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence than the Pi­rates.

“It’s got the po­ten­tial to be an­other clas­sic be­tween the teams,” said off ice op­er­a­tions man­ager Jackie Tur­ley.

“It was a closely fought 3-3 draw here last year with some terrific en­ter­tain­ment for the fans – real edge of the seat stuff – while when we went to the Dundee Ice Arena it fin­ished 6-6 with two goals in the last minute.

“The game isn’t likely to let any­one down in terms of value for money.

“They’ve got a lot of fine play­ers but then so do we. Our goals have been spread through­out the team with no sin­gle player tak­ing the head­lines.”

Tur­ley added: “We’re ex­pect­ing a larger crowd than usual as this re­ally is one of the fix­tures you look out for every year.

“Our ad­vice is to get along early and make sure you catch every one of the 60 min­utes – if you don’t you’re likely to miss some­thing.

“It’s our last home game for a cou­ple of weeks, so we’re ad­vis­ing sup­port­ers to get them­selves along and catch some of the best ice hockey ac­tion.”

Face- off is at 5pm with doors open­ing to the arena at 4.20pm.

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