Murrayfield JIHC’s promotional work for their Scottish U12 League game against North Ayrshire Penguins paid huge dividends last weekend.
The club turned the fixture at Murrayfield Ice Rink into a special event, offering free entry to fans to give them a taster of ice hockey in Edinburgh.
Their efforts were richly rewarded as more than 300 people watched the two sides produce a hugely entertaining match.
With Murrayfield Racers’ mascot ‘Rocky’ cheering on from the sidelines, the home team took an early lead through James Thomson.
However, the visitors refused to be overawed by the occasion and battled back to take a 2-1 lead by the first break.
North Ayrshire extended their advantage in the second session, but Cory Nicol’s top shelf effort brought Murrayfield back into the game.
Nicol went on to make it 3-3 in the final period, but the Penguins would not be denied and grabbed the game winning goal inside the final 30 seconds.
The club’s U10s were also in action as they welcomed teams from Solway and Aberdeen to Murrayfield.
This was another very worthwhile event as it gave the children the experience of playing in full ice games rather than the cross-ice tournaments they have been used to.
All the players enjoyed an event that proved hugely useful from a development perspective for each of the clubs taking part.
(Image permission: Ian Coyle)