Highland Capitals look for play-off win in biggest game in years as they take on Dundee Pirates at Inverness
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HIGHLAND Capitals are preparing to play their biggest game in years when they look to win promotion this weekend.
The Inverness club are to set to take on Dundee Pirates in The Plate play-off finals where the winner will be invited to play in The Cup.
The first leg is set to take place in Dundee on Friday night with a face-off at 9.30pm and the second leg will be taking place at the Inverness Ice Centre on Saturday night at 6.30pm.
The winner will then go on to play in The Cup, which is a higher level of Scottish ice hockey than The Plate.
Club captain Jamie Brown says his team are going into the two legged play-off confident that they can come out on top.
After a dominant season, where Capitals have yet to lose a match, he feels if they play to the best of their capabilities, they will win.
“We have not lost a game this season,” said Brown as he looked ahead to this weekend.
“We have played 12 matches this season and are still undefeated. It is the biggest game in the club’s recent history.
“We won the Plate a number of years ago and we have played in The Cup before and are looking to get back up there for the second time.
“I think we can be considered favourites for the play-off. However, we know that Dundee won’t be thinking that, but I am being realistic and if we play to our capabilities, we will win.”
Highland Capitals are one of two ice hockey teams in Inverness, with Inverness Hurricanes also playing at the Inverness Ice Centre.
The Capitals warmed up for their play-off match with Dundee, with a 7-6 win over Aberdeen Predators at the Inverness Ice Centre last weekend.
They have also recorded wins over RAF Lossiemouth and Inverness Hurricanes during 2024 to maintain their undefeated run from 2023.
Brown hopes that a big crowd will support them at the Inverness Ice Centre on Saturday night and it will help attract a new audience to the sport in the city.
Brown said: “As always, entry to all our matches are free, but all we ask is that fans buy a drink at the bar at Inverness Ice Centre.
“There will also be a 50/50 draw to help support the club. The winner will be decided with the best aggregate score and we are confident we can win.”
Face-off is on Saturday at 6.30pm.