Murrayfield Racers meet Dundee Comets in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday (face-off 6.30pm) aiming to complete a superb treble in their first season back on the ice.
The reborn Racers have already claimed the Scottish National League title and Stuart Robertson Cup this term and a victory this weekend would crown a memorable year.
Forward Michael Ireland has been an integral part of the team’s success, weighing in with plenty of points during the course of the campaign. He says it has been a phenomenal season for the club.
“To think that a year ago I didn’t think there would be hockey in my home town for 2018/19,” he said. “Then the Racers reform over the off-season and I’m like ‘sign me up!’
“The season has been great. To have gone from nothing to winning the league has been something really special – I couldn’t ask for a better group off guys to do it with.
“The fans have been outstanding too – amazing home and away, turning out week in, week out. A select few drum their hearts out and everyone’s eardrums out – great support!”
The two sides have faced each other five times in Scottish Ice Hockey competitions this term, with the Racers winning three and drawing two of those meetings.
They also met twice during pre-season, with each team recording a victory on the road. Despite the Racers holding the upper hand over the Comets this season, Ireland is expecting a tough test against the reigning cup holders.
“This weekend we can really finish the season on a high,” he added. “We started with a win up in Dundee for the first Racers game and hopefully we can win the last game too.
“It will be tough for both teams. We both haven’t had a competitive fixture in a good few weeks, so it should be a close one.”
The game is the fifth fixture on a day of Scottish Cup Finals at Dundee Ice Arena.
The action begins at 10.00am with the U12 final. The U14, U16 and U20 finals are scheduled to follow during the afternoon, with the SNL final rounding off proceedings at 6.30pm.
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