Edinburgh Knights defeat Irvine Flyers to secure tournament victory

Dundee Ice Arena was the venue as Scottish Ice Hockey staged the second in its series of four recreational tournaments last weekend.

Glenrothes Cougars worked hard to defeat Dumfries Demons 2-0 in the opening game before Highland Capitals secured a 3-2 victory over the newly-formed Ayr Bruins.

After an exciting first day, Dundee Michelin and Irvine Flyers led Pool A while there was a three-way tie between the Cougars, Edinburgh Knights and Aberdeen North Stars at the top of Pool B.

The Capitals gave themselves a fighting chance of progressing to the semi-finals the following day, claiming a solid 3-0 win over Edinburgh Phoenix.

A 1-1 draw between Michelin and the Flyers made Pool A very interesting, with both teams and the Caps locked together on five points.

The Flyers recorded a resounding 4-1 victory over the Caps to send themselves through in top spot ahead of Michelin. The Cougars and Knights progressed from Pool B.

The semi-finals were next on the agenda, with the Flyers and Knights defeating the Cougars and Michelin in their respective matches.

The Knights got off to a quick start in the final, with former Murrayfield Racers defender Dean Walker firing them ahead after five minutes.

They kept up the pressure and deservedly ended the first session with a three-goal advantage.

The Knights added another couple of goals to their tally after the break before Russell Holland pulled one back for the Flyers.

However, the Knights’ high-energy performance saw them run out worthy 5-1 winners.

  • Player of the Tournament: Marc Smith (Irvine Flyers)
  • Defenceman of the Tournament: Dean Walker (Edinburgh Knights)
  • Top Points Scorer: Keegan Cairns (Glenrothes Cougars)
  • Netminder of the Tournament: Lee McHatton (Glenrothes Cougars)

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