SNL round-up: Gautschi shines as Comets clinch play-off title

Dundee Comets rounded off the 2021/22 Scottish National League season by clinching the play-off title over the weekend.

The Comets booked their place in the final against Kirkcaldy Kestrels with a comfortable 8-1 victory over North Ayrshire Wild on Saturday.

The Kestrels produced a dominant display in their semi-final against Dundee Tigers to secure an impressive 11-2 win.

Having claimed the league title a few weeks ago, the Kestrels were eager to end the campaign by completing the double.

They led 2-1 at the end of the first period, but the Comets battled back to secure a 3-2 advantage after 40 minutes.

The Comets ran away with the game in the final period, bagging three unanswered goals to seal a 6-2 victory.

Former Murrayfield Racers forward Joel Gautschi was the star of the show for the Comets, netting a natural hat-trick.

Aberdeen Lynx also ended the weekend with a trophy after claiming the newly-created SNL Aurora Cup.

Lynx triumphed 8-4 against Belfast SNL Giants on Saturday and followed up with an impressive 8-1 victory over Kilmarnock Thunder the following day.

Thunder had booked their place in the final after recovering from 4-1 down to secure a thrilling 5-4 shoot-out victory against Paisley Pirates.

However, despite an excellent display by netminder Thomas Mangan, Thunder could not repeat their heroics against Lynx.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Saturday

SNL Aurora Cup

Aberdeen Lynx 8-4 Belfast SNL Giants
Paisley Pirates 4-5 Kilmarnock Thunder (SO)

SNL Final Four

Kirkcaldy Kestrels 11-2 Dundee Tigers
Dundee Comets 8-1 North Ayrshire Wild

Sunday

Aberdeen Lynx 8-1 Kilmarnock Thunder
Kirkcaldy Kestrels 2-6 Dundee Comets

(Image permission: Craig Chalmers Photography)