UNBEATEN Solway Sharks will be circling Deeside Ice Rink scenting blood on Sunday – but Karl Creamer believes his Flintshire Freeze could give the Scottish visitors a scare.
Solway came down into EIHA North Two from the top tier of the Scottish league and have shown their class this season, never moving from the top of the table.
But Freeze head coach Creamer is determined to ensure his side, currently fighting for second spot, do not go into Sunday’s game at Deeside Ice Rink (6.30pm) already beaten.
“They are human, their arms and legs are the same as ours,” he said. “It will be a tough game but as long as every player can look in the mirror and say they gave 100% the score doesn’t matter.
“We have really good players here, players who if they are on their game can give Solway a fright.
“Those players have got us right on Solway’s tail in the league and they just need to concentrate on getting the basics right and we will give them a good game.”
Creamer acknowledged that with no game the following weekend, it would be helpful not to be wiped out by their Caledonian counterparts.
“We don’t want to be embarrassed on the ice,” he said.
“We’re more than capable of getting a few goals and keeping things tight to make life a bit more difficult for the Sharks.”
Sunday brings to an end a two-week break during which the Freeze underwent their second fitness tests of the season.
The results left Creamer pleased with his side’s progress and their ability to hold their league position until the end of the campaign.
“We do a whole lot of tests with the players off the ice at the start of the season,” he said. “Running, jumping, bleep tests, press-ups, body fat measurements, weight, etc.
“As this is about midway through we run the tests again to look for improvements.
“Across the squad the players have taken the off-ice work seriously and have either increased their strength and speed or reduced body fat.
“It all adds up to us playing hard until the end of the third period and that stamina will be important not just on Sunday, but for the rest of the campaign.”
Children gain entry to Sunday’s game for just £1 with a full paying adult (£5).