A 4 point weekend last weekend was just what the doctor ordered to allow the Pirates assault on the top 2 teams to continue. We still have games in hand over the top 3 teams so we could continue to close the gap this weekend. A game away at Milton Keynes looks crucial for us to keep pace with the top 3 and the game on Sunday looks like an absolute belter.
Tigers have visited us recently with a much depleted side and will look to come back to the arena stronger than the last time we saw them. The will be with several players who missed out last time including Hull legend Jason Silverthorn who is already above a point a game since his return to the side. Import player Florian looks like a stand out signing with 33 points in 18 games (13 goals and 20 assists) whilst also having a gritty edge to his game with 42 penalty minutes so far. Scott McKenzie appears as a stand out Brit player with his 31 points in 18 games also noteworthy. After this there seems to be a raft of players with assists but not many who are regularly hitting the twine themselves.
Brad Day looks like a much more consistent version of himself than earlier on in the season. A 90.18% save percentage is a solid achievement in this new look league. He is currently being protected by elder statesman Jonathan Weaver and some younger bodies Corey Goodison and Ross Kennedy who have all put up good points as well.
This is a real opportunity for the Pirates to show the consistency and potential needed to be a top team in this league. Back to back 4 point weekends is a real statement of intent from teams and this would be a great one to get against a top 3 team. To do this we still need to cut the unforced errors and tighten up aspects of our game including on ice discipline (although last weeks officiating was interesting to say the least). Ultimately Sunday night we play one of the best teams in this league but a team that we know we can beat. If the boys fire as we know that they can and we as fans are loud and supportive we could be a fearsome prospect to face.
By Dave Heath
Hull Pirate Media