Dragons coach Lol Paul believes his side have taken a further step towards building a ‘fortress Deeside’, following Saturday night’s 9-1 win over Coventry Blaze.
Victory at Chester Road was the Dragons’ second win over Coventry in as many home games, giving them a nine-point lead at the top of the Laidler Conference.
Paul, who takes his men to face Altrincham Aces in Manchester tonight, is keen to continue developing that intimidating atmosphere over coming weeks.
He said: “I wanted to test the guys against Coventry, especially after the Christmas break. They all responded really well, including James Parsons and Stevie Fellows, who came back from injury.
“What I want to do is keep building a fortress at Deeside, like they had at places like Whitley in the 1980s and 90s. Nobody wanted to go there and play the Warriors.
“We are doing that at the moment, but I want it to continue, so teams feel like they’ve been beaten before the puck is dropped. We’ve got a big team, which seems to give us the mental edge.”
Deeside found themselves 1-0 up after just seven minutes on Saturday night, thanks to a goal from captain Marc Lovell.
But they had to wait until the second period for further success, with strikes from Adrian Palak (2), Filip Supa, Paul Davies and Simon Furnival.
The visitors snatched a consolation goal on 38 minutes, before Alex Parry (2) and Furnival sealed victory after the break.
Paul added: “We are well ahead of the other teams, but they have games in hand, so tonight’s match with Altrincham Aces is absolutely massive for us.
“They have signed Jarden Owen, who played for Telford Tigers and Blackburn Hawks, and they’ve also got Jake Nurse, who has played in the EPL.
“We have to be careful, although the guys will go there with the same mentality as every other game. It is essential we show intensity from the word go.
“Altrincham is a tough rink to play in, and they’ll have a big squad tonight.”
This evening’s clash with Altrincham Aces faces off at 5.30pm.