Racers ready to ramp up the pressure in title race

Murrayfield Racers’ pursuit of silverware continues this weekend with two fixtures scheduled in the Scottish National League.

The Racers visit Kilmarnock Thunder on Saturday, before returning to home ice the following day to face Aberdeen Lynx.

Tony Hand’s side are level with Kirkcaldy Kestrels at the top of the SNL, with Dundee Comets and Paisley Pirates just one point behind.

However, Murrayfield have games in hand on all their title rivals and two wins this weekend would boost their hopes claiming the trophy.

The Racers picked up three points from last weekend’s fixtures against the Comets and Kestrels, with forward Joel Gautschi weighing in the six goals over the two games.

He said: “I thought we played well last week – we took our chances well. Most of my goals came from rebounds and were about being in the dirty areas in front of the net.

“We had a lot more chances than Kirkcaldy on Sunday, but Davie Jackson kept them in the game with some great saves.”

The Racers are yet to meet Kilmarnock this season but have faced Aberdeen three times, beating them twice in the Stuart Robertson Cup and once in the league.

Murrayfield remain unbeaten in Scottish competitions this term and Gautschi is confident that the team can maintain their record this weekend.

“Saturday is going to be hard – the ice rink at Kilmarnock is really small, so you don’t have much time on the puck,” he said.

“The Aberdeen game should be a good one. They are a decent team, but I think that if we play like we have been doing it should be a four-point weekend.”

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