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Playoff Weekend Highlights – Capitals lift Trophy!

Picture by Mark Brown

Scottish ice hockey scene reached a fever pitch over the weekend as the Edinburgh Capitals hoisted the Playoff trophy after a whirlwind of intense matchups. Murrayfield served as the battleground for the Playoff showdown, drawing fans eager to witness the clash of titans among the Aberdeen Lynx, Edinburgh Capitals, Kirkcaldy Kestrels, and Paisley Pirates, all vying for the coveted Playoff Champion title.

  • Derek Young Photography

The Aberdeen Lynx, reigning league champions, faced off against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels in the opening match of the day on Saturday. The Kestrels wasted no time asserting themselves, scoring the first goal just 1 minute and 30 seconds into the game. They furthered their lead with a power play goal before Lynx managed to equalise with two goals of their own, making it 2-2 going into the second period. Both teams fought fiercely in this closely contested match, but it was George Pitcaithly who put the Kestrels ahead once again with a power play goal. In the final period, the Kestrels found the net again before the Lynx bagged a goal from their captain, Ben Edmonds. Despite having double the shots on goal, the Lynx found themselves trailing as the Kestrels scored a short-handed goal just two minutes before the end. The last moments were intense, but time ran out for the Lynx to mount a comeback.

  • Derek Young Photography

In the second semi-final, the Edinburgh Capitals clashed with the Paisley Pirates. It wasn’t just a battle on the ice but also a competition in the stands to determine the loudest side. Both teams were determined, giving their all on the ice. The first period ended with neither side managing to score. In the second period, both teams thrilled their fans by finding the back of the net, accompanied by the blare of air horns and drums. The tension continued into the third period, with the outcome hanging in the balance. The Capitals were the first to score in the third, but the PiratesChris Turley quickly equalised. With the final buzzer, the game was tied, leading to five minutes of overtime. However, Capitals’ fans didn’t have to wait long, as their captain, Joel Gautschi, secured the winning goal just 60 seconds into overtime, much to the delight of the home crowd.

  • Picture by Mark Brown

On Sunday, the showdown between Kirkcaldy Kestrels, Saturday’s victors, and Edinburgh Capitals drew a packed arena. Despite hard-fought games the previous day, both teams had to bring their A-game again to vie for the silverware. Joe Lynch opened the scoring for the Capitals, swiftly followed by another goal from the Edinburgh team. In the second period, the Kestrels mounted a comeback with James Spence finding the net four minutes in, but the Caps maintained pressure and scored again. The Kestrels leveled the score with two quick goals, but the Capitals capitalised on a power play to regain the lead. With the score at 4-3 going into the final period, both teams seized their chances, yet it was Chad Smith of the Capitals who secured a crucial short-handed goal, giving them a two-goal advantage the Kestrels couldn’t overcome. Ultimately, the Capitals triumphed 5-3, much to the joy of their home crowd, claiming the Playoff Trophy.

  • Picture by MArk Brown

The weekend’s series of fiercely contested matches showcased the remarkable parity among Scottish ice hockey teams, with attendance figures soaring to new heights, underscoring the growing popularity of the sport across the country.

As the dust settles on the Playoff weekend, anticipation builds for the upcoming Scottish Cup finals in Dundee, promising yet another thrilling chapter in the storied history of Scottish ice hockey. Whether it’s the seniors’ showdown under the bright lights or the junior finals during the day, fans eagerly anticipate another adrenaline-fueled display of the best of Scottish ice hockey.

Tickets are selling fast, offering enthusiasts the chance to witness the action firsthand and be part of the ever-growing excitement surrounding the sport.