Scottish Ice Hockey Weekend Highlights: Thunder’s Streak Continues, Lynx Dominate, and Capitals Maintain Top Spot

Picture by Gordon Fowley

Kilmarnock Thunder Extend Winning Streak: Kilmarnock Thunder showcased their dominance with a 4-2 victory over North Ayrshire Wild on Saturday. The first period set the tone, with Thunder securing a 2-goal lead. Ewan Anderson expanded their advantage in the second period with a power-play goal, countered by a short-handed goal from Flynn Massie for Wild. Innes Gallacher scored his second goal of the night during another power play, leading Thunder to a 4-2 victory as neither team managed to score in the final period.

Aberdeen Lynx Triumph in Weekend Challenge: Aberdeen Lynx had a successful weekend, earning 4 points with a double header. On Saturday, they faced Kirkcaldy Kestrels at the Linx Ice Arena. Gary Kelly, returning from injury, opened the scoring, but Scott Jamieson equalised. James Demeo quickly added another for the Lynx, only to see Conor Duncan tie the game once more on a power play. The second period remained goalless, but the Lynx dominated the final period netting 4 more goals securing a comfortable 6-3 victory with James Dolan scoring the 6th goal for the Lynx and his 3rd one of the game.

Paisley Pirates v Aberdeen Lynx at Braehead Arena, Renfrew on 14 January 2024. Picture: Al Goold ( Twitter: @AlGooldPhoto Insta: @Clanphotos

Back-to-Back Wins for Aberdeen Lynx: Aberdeen Lynx faced Paisley Pirates on Sunday, marking their second game of the weekend. The teams exchanged goals in the first period, with a score of 3-3. The Lynx found their rhythm in the second period, netting three more, including two short-handed. Despite the Pirates efforts, the Lynx held their ground, closing the game with a 8-3 victory. James Demeo’s fourth goal of the night contributed to the Lynx’s ascent to 2nd place in the league standings.

Edinburgh Capitals Maintain League Lead: Edinburgh Capitals secured a 6-1 win against Dundee Tigers, maintaining their top spot in the league. James Issacs opened the scoring on the power play, but Captain Paul Guilcher quickly equalised for the Tigers. The Capitals intensified their offensive efforts in the second period, with 24 shots on the Tigers‘ goal, with only one getting past netminder Matthew Michie. The Capitals added three more goals, securing a convincing win and reaffirming their position as league leaders.

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