This year’s Scottish Ice Hockey recreational tournaments reached a successful conclusion last weekend with events in Dumfries and Dundee.
The Highlanders from Fife kicked things off in the Level 2 tournament in Dumfries with a fine 5-0 victory over Coatbridge Coyotes.
This was closely followed by the Warriors from Ayrshire beating Stirling Wolves 5-1 and Kilmarnock Piranhas winning 1-0 against Lossiemouth Jets.
Other notable results included Paisley Buccaneers beating Dundee Knights 3-1 and the Coyotes edging out the Piranhas by the odd goal in seven.
By the end of the first day, the Warriors led Pool A on six points from three games, with Glasgow Mustangs two points behind.
The Highlanders and Dundee Devils were setting the pace in Pool B with four points from two games.
After another quiet night in Dumfries, with all teams tucked up in their hotel rooms by 10.00 pm, the Wolves hit the ground running the following day with a 5-0 win over the Knights.
Further high-scoring games brought the group stage to an end and set up a semi-final line-up of Warriors versus Highlanders and Devils versus Mustangs.
The Highlanders ran out 4-2 winners against the previously undefeated Warriors, while a single goal was enough to put the Devils through against an unlucky Mustangs team.
The Devils struggled to find their rhythm in the final and fell three goals behind, but battled back in style to send the game to sudden death overtime.
Ross Paul of the Highlanders scored the golden goal winner with 18 seconds left on the clock to cue wild celebrations for the Fife team and their supporters.
- Player of the Tournament: Tony Malone – Highlanders
- Defenceman of the Tournament: Dylan Ogden – Warriors
- Top Points Scorer: Bruce Tait
- Netminder of the Tournament: Brendan Boyle – Lossiemouth
- Spirit of the Tournament: Dundee Knights/Lossiemouth
Over in Dundee, our invitational Level 4 tournament provided an excellent platform for new teams, beginner level and B teams to showcase their talents.
The standard of play produced on both days shows the standard in Scottish Ice Hockey is constantly improving.
Bolstered by a video message from Slapshot’s Denis Lemieux (Yvon Barrette), the weekend kicked off with wins for Highlanders B v Kilmarnock Piranhas B and Highland Caps B against Edinburgh Knights B.
This year we also welcomed Solway Sharks Ladies into the fold along with the North East Nomads.
The Solway Ladies started with a 3-0 defeat against Stirling Wolves B, while the Nomads were beaten by Mariners B.
The two sides faced each other later in the day and fought out a fantastic 2-2 draw.
Caps B beat Nomads 4-1 in the first game on Sunday to secure their place in the semi-finals. Mariners B joined them with a 4-1 win over the Knights.
The Nomads secured a place in the last four with a fine win over Highlanders B. Wolves B completed the semi-final line-up.
The semi-finals were a smashing advert for the sport, with Caps B defeating Mariners B and Wolves B beating the Nomads in a seven-goal thriller.
The final was a nervy affair, but Caps B eventually opened the scoring midway through the first period with a redirected shot from the blueline.
Wolves B drew level just before the break, but Caps B took control in the second session to open up a 3-1 lead.
The efforts of the day finally took their toll as both teams tired, and no further scoring saw Caps B come out on top to win the tournament.
- Player of the Tournament: Liam Young – Wolves B
- Defenceman of the Tournament: Nicholas Craggs – Nomads
- Top Points Scorer: Jamie Miller – Mariners B
- Netminder of the Tournament: Steven McEwan – Wolves B
- Spirit of the Tournament: Solway Ladies