JAIMIE Longmuir believes there is still life in the Newcastle Vipers’ play-off tilt – as long as they can match their midweek commitment levels.
The Vipers require a win against Dundee Stars tomorrow to close the gap between themselves and the Scottish side, who currently occupy the final play-off place.
It looks like a big ask given everything that the club has been through this season but general manager Longmuir (pictured below) is confident that there is enough fight in the team to take the season into extra time.
He took particular pleasure in the way they pushed high-flying Nottingham Panthers all the way on Wednesday before succumbing to an unfortunate defeat.
“If you looked at the rosters before the game, there was no way on earth we should be within a million miles of Nottingham,” he said.
“The players have shown all season that they will battle for 60 minutes and they gave Nottingham a scare, that’s for sure.
“The Panthers’ players minds would have been going back to the Bash at the Bay three weeks ago when we stung them.
“It was a great performance, and I’d like to think we can take the positives from that into Saturday’s game with Dundee.
“They are in Sheffield on Thursday night, so both teams will have had a midweek road game, so it’s a good match-up.
“I’m really looking forward to the game, it’s play-off hockey in everything but name – Dundee are in the box seat for eighth place but after everything we’ve been through, there could be one or two more twists left in this tale yet.”
Once again the club are looking to the Vipers fans to pack out Whitley Bay Ice Rink in a show of solidarity as the club continues to battle through financial problems.
Currently five points away from the final play-off spot, they require wins against Dundee and then Cardiff to keep the campaign alive.
The game will double up as a fundraising and awareness night for Macmillan Cancer Support.
As part of those efforts, the team will wear pink jerseys.
Tickets for tomorrow’s game are on sale now from the Vipers office on 0191 4770841 or online at www.vipershockey.co.uk/shop.