SNL round-up: Sharks start with a win, Tigers edge nine-goal thriller

Solway Sharks kicked off their Scottish National League campaign with a comfortable 17-2 victory over Belfast Giants SNL on Saturday.

Iain Bowie, Lewis Houston and Scott Henderson all weighed in with hat-tricks for Solway.

Dundee Tigers made an impressive start to the season in the Stuart Robertson Cup with a 5-4 home victory over Kirkcaldy Kestrels – Andrew Henderson (2), Robbie Hill, Sean Dyer and Ross Bree got their goals.

John Dolan (3) topped the scoring for Dundee Comets as they triumphed 7-5 at Aberdeen Lynx in the other game in the northern group.

Murrayfield Racers started their defence of the trophy with a comprehensive 22-1 success at Kilmarnock Thunder in the southern section – Callum Boyd (6), Joel Gautschi (4) and Ethan Reid (3) led their scoring.

The Racers followed up with a 5-2 home victory over Paisley Pirates in a challenge match – Gautschi bagged a hat-trick for the reigning SNL champions.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Aberdeen Lynx 5-7 Dundee Comets – SRC North
Dundee Tigers 5-4 Kirkcaldy Kestrels – SRC North
Kilmarnock Thunder 1-22 Murrayfield Racers – SRC South
Murrayfield Racers 5-2 Paisley Pirates – Exhibition
Solway Sharks 17-2 Belfast Giants SNL – SNL

(Image permission: Derek Black)