Blackburn Hawks are eyeing up a potential six-point weekend, as they look to climb up the English National Ice Hockey League ladder.
With a top-four finish up for grabs, Hawks travel to Telford Titans later today, before hosting Northern Stars at the Blackburn Arena tomorrow night (face-off 5.45pm).
And with both teams currently below Hawks in the table, this crucial weekend in the hockey calendar provides Jared Owen’s side with the perfect opportunity to move into the play-off positions.
With Telford rooted to the foot of the table, Hawks will head into tonight’s trip as firm favourites.
However, the town team have had two close encounters against the Shropshire side this season, losing 5-4 away and winning 3-2 at home.
Victory tonight is a must if Hawks want to keep their play-off push on track.
However, the big game this weekend is tomorrow’s home clash against the Stars.
With the North East outfit unable to fulfil any of their remaining home fixtures, tonight’s match-up counts for double points.
And Hawks have a score to settle, after suffering a surprise 4-3 defeat at home to the Stars earlier this year.
Hawks were in a rich vein of form prior to their double defeat in Scotland in the Northern League last time out, so with six points at stake, they will be keen to get back to winning ways.
After a two-week break from competitive action, Hawks’ full-strength squad will be confident they can clinch the final few wins needed to secure a coveted top-four finish.