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Scottish Ice Hockey Weekend Roundup: Action-Packed Matches and Shifting Standings

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An action-packed weekend unfolded in Scottish Ice Hockey, featuring a lineup of six intense SNL games, including double headers and a double points game. The potential for significant movements within the league table was high.

Kilmarnock Thunder Moves to 5th Position:

Kilmarnock Thunder ascended to the 5th position in the league table after a commanding 9-4 victory against North Ayrshire Wild on Saturday. Thunder secured a formidable 5-0 lead in the first period. Despite Wild’s resurgence in the second period with three goals, Thunder sealed the win with a final flourish in the last minutes of the game.

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Paisley Pirates Challenge Aberdeen Lynx:

Paisley Pirates faced off against league leaders Aberdeen Lynx in a highly anticipated match. Lynx dominated the first period with a 3-0 lead, but Pirates fought back in the final period, scoring two goals. However, Lynx’s Sean Dyer extended their lead, ultimately securing a 4-2 victory.

Dundee Comets vs. Kirkcaldy Kestrels:

Dundee Comets and Kirkcaldy Kestrels played their first of two games of the weekend. In a hard-fought game that had fans on the edge of their seats, with the scoreline tied at 2-2, it was Kestrels who emerged triumphant, securing the 3-2 win after a Power Play goal from Kyle Horne in the last few minutes of the game and collecting four crucial points.

Edinburgh Capitals Triumph Over Dundee Tigers:

Edinburgh Capitals faced Dundee Tigers at Murrayfield, securing a 4-3 victory against the Dundee side. Despite Tigers’ comeback efforts in the third period, Capitals’ early lead proved insurmountable, marking another win for the Edinburgh team.

Edinburgh Capitals Secure Back-to-Back Wins:

Fresh from their previous night’s victories, Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Edinburgh Capitals clashed in Fife. Capitals claimed a 5-2 win, with power-play goals setting the tone early in the game. This victory moved the Capitals into 3rd place in the league standings as they made their way up the table.

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Dundee Comets Triumph in Rescheduled Match:

Sunday saw a rescheduled match between the two Dundee teams, with Comets facing off against Tigers. Comets secured a 3-1 win after a close match, maintaining their 7th place, while Tigers slipped down to 6th in the league standings.

The weekend’s matchups provided fans with some great on-ice moments as the teams jostled for league hierarchy, setting the stage for a compelling continuation of Scottish Ice Hockey action.

Scottish National League (SNL)


SNL Weekend Preview

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A big weekend in the Scottish National League (SNL), featuring six compelling matchups that promise excitement, rivalries, and potential shifts in the league standings.

Saturday Highlights:

First up on Saturday, the Dundee Comets will face off against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels at Dundee Ice Arena in a double point game. The Kestrels, sitting in 2nd place, have the opportunity for a massive 6-point weekend, as they also play on Sunday against the Edinburgh Capitals. However, the Comets, who secured a 4-2 win against the Kestrels in their last SNL meeting, are determined to replicate that success in this crucial 4-point game. A victory for the Comets could catapult them into contention at the top of the table, making this matchup one to watch for fans from all teams.

In another exciting clash, league leaders Aberdeen Lynx will face the Paisley Pirates. With the Lynx on a six-game winning streak and a dominant 9-1 win against the Pirates in their last encounter, the Pirates are seeking redemption. Expect a physical battle as the Lynx strive to maintain their winning form, while the Pirates aim to upset the league leaders.

Kilmarnock Thunder and North Ayrshire Wild will also go head-to-head on Saturday. Thunder started the season at the top of the league, but after suffering a few losses, now seeks to climb back up the leaderboard. With one win each in their previous encounters, this matchup promises intensity as both teams vie for crucial points.

On Saturday, the Edinburgh Capitals are set to compete against the Dundee Tigers. Both teams are currently tied at 10 points each, and interestingly, they haven’t faced each other in the ongoing season, injecting an air of unpredictability into the upcoming match. This marks the initial clash of two games scheduled for the Capitals and the Tigers this weekend, presenting a chance for them to secure up to 4 points. While their primary focus is on securing a victory, both teams will be mindful of the challenging game scheduled for the following day, emphasising the need to manage their energy wisely. As we’re aware, any team in the SNL possesses the capability to secure a triumph on any given night.

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Sunday Showdown:

On Sunday, the Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Edinburgh Capitals will face off in Fife. With both teams having games the previous night, fatigue will play a factor as they battle it out in a back-to-back clash. The Kestrels are eyeing a massive weekend, while the Capitals aim to showcase their season’s strength. It’s a true test of skill and determination, and hockey fans won’t want to miss the intense action on the ice.

Get ready for a rescheduled derby game between the Dundee Comets and Dundee Tigers, originally set for October. With a doubleheader for both teams, the outcome could significantly impact the standings. Expect a competitive match which carries importance beyond local rivalry, in a crucial weekend.

Hockey fans, buckle up for what is sure to be a rollercoaster of a weekend. Stay tuned for every thrilling moment!

Exciting Action and League Table Shifts

An exhilarating weekend with four league games. As the puck dropped and the goals flew, there was significant movement at the top of the table. Aberdeen Lynx claimed the top spot, pushing the Kirkcaldy Kestrels down to second, while the Paisley Pirates made a notable ascent to third. Let’s dive into the matchups that unfolded over the weekend.


Aberdeen Lynx 4 – Edinburgh Capitals 3:
The Linx Ice Arena was packed for a highly anticipated clash between the Aberdeen Lynx and the Edinburgh Capitals. The first period set the stage for a tightly contested game, with both teams having their share of opportunities. Three minutes into the second period, Lynx’s Kyle Ferguson scored a short-handed goal, setting the tone. Despite a valiant effort from the Capitals, Lynx’s Jordan Leyden and James Demo extended the lead. The Capitals fought back, with Chad Smith and Joel Gautschi narrowing the gap. All to play for in the final period with each side score a goal each, Capitals pulled their netminder but time ran out for them to score the equaliser.

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Kirkcaldy Kestrels 2 – Dundee Comets 4:
In a battle for supremacy, the league-leading Kirkcaldy Kestrels faced off against the Dundee Comets. The first period saw the Comets’ Sean Beattie capitalising on a power play. Although the Kestrels fought back with two goals in the second period, the Comets matched their efforts, entering the third period tied at 2-2. The Comets stepped up their game, netting two more goals, including Sean Beattie’s second in the closing seconds, securing a crucial victory.

North Ayr Wild 2 – Dundee Tigers 3:
All of the Saturday’s matchups were closely contested, with none more intense than the clash between the North Ayrshire Wild and the Dundee Tigers. In the first period, the Tigers applied significant pressure on the Wild’s defense, but goaltender Liam Griffin stood tall in the net. As both teams remained scoreless heading into the second period, the Tigers broke the deadlock with a power-play goal. The Wild quickly responded, with Dylan Murray netting the equaliser. Harvey Topen secured the Tigers’ second goal, only to have Dylan Murray of the Wild counter with his second of the night. A last second goal from Tigers game them a lead going into the final period, both teams battled fiercely, but neither managed to find the back of the net. The Tigers claimed the victory, earning two points and propelling them to the 5th position in the league table.

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Paisley Pirates 7 – Kilmarnock Thunder 3:
The Braehead arena hosted an intense matchup between Paisley Pirates and Kilmarnock Thunder. In the initial period, only Thunder managed to score. The second period saw a rapid turnaround as the Pirates netted two goals in quick succession. Tom McGuiness of the Thunder responded with a power play goal at the 33rd minute, leveling the scoreboard before Marty Simpson secured another goal for the Pirates. The final period showcased the Pirates stepping up their game, adding four more goals, with Chris Wilson contributing two of them. With this victory, the Pirates now stand at 11 points, trailing the Kestrels by just one point.

The weekend’s games not only provided fans with some thrilling moments but also reshaped the league standings. As teams jockey for position, the Scottish Ice Hockey season promises more excitement and fierce competition in the coming weeks.

Scottish National League (SNL)


Statement: Adam Johnson, 1994-2023

Scottish Ice Hockey is devastated to hear of the passing of Nottingham Panthers player Adam Johnson.

Scottish Ice Hockey sends its heartfelt condolences to Adam’s family and friends as well as the Nottingham Panthers community and those involved in the accident at this sad and difficult time.

John Colley, Chair of the Scottish Ice Hockey, commented, “The whole of Scottish Ice Hockey is heartbroken and deeply saddened by Adam’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Adam’s family, friends and ice hockey family at this difficult time.”

We join the ice hockey family in asking that the privacy of Adam’s family, friends and everyone at Nottingham Panthers is respected as we learn to come to terms with our grief.

In the wake of the tragic events that transpired yesterday, Scottish Ice Hockey made the decision to proceed with the scheduled games for this weekend. However, in cases where clubs find it challenging to continue with their matches, we strongly advise them to reach out to their respective section’s Rep. Any requests for postponement will be granted with the consent of both participating clubs.

Furthermore, all games will observe a one-minute silence as a moment of reflection and respect.

The following help and support is available for those who may need it:

Weekend Roundup:

With four exciting games in the SNL there have been significant shifts in the league table. Here’s a recap of the weekend’s matches:


Aberdeen Lynx 5 – Dundee Comets 2
The highly anticipated matchup between Aberdeen Lynx and Dundee Comets lived up to its billing. In the first period, Ian Malcolm, returning to the Lynx, scored the opening goal, putting the Lynx up 1-0. The Lynx continued their offensive push, with player/coach Jordan Leyden adding another in the second period. The Lynx took advantage of a power play in the final period, with Captain Ben Edmonds netting two goals, while the Comets‘ Sam McCluskey and Cameron McGriffin found the net as well. The Lynx secured two more goals, ultimately taking the two points and moving to the top of the league table.

Lynx coach Jordan Leyden said, “Really happy with our performance. I felt we were solid throughout the game and even when they got 2 goals back I thought the guys character and attitude was incredible. It’s always nice being on top but at this early stage it means very little. We just need to concentrate on ourselves week in week out and look to try and keep ourselves there.”

Kilmarnock Thunder 7 – Paisley Pirates 9
Paisley Pirates headed to Kilmarnock to face league leaders, Thunder. Findlay Anderson opened the scoring for Thunder in an action-packed first period. The teams exchanged goals, with the Thunder leading 3-2 going into the second period. Thunder extended their lead, but the Pirates fought back, with Mikey Dobson finding the net. Another goal from each side set the stage for a thrilling final period. The Pirates netted four quick goals to take the lead, and despite a late push and two power play goals from the Thunder, the Pirates‘ Marcus Murdock secured a hat-trick with a goal on the final whistle.

Edinburgh Capitals 6 – North Ayr Wild 3
North Ayr Wild traveled east to take on the Edinburgh Capitals at Murrayfield. Dylan Murray of the Wild scored the opening goal, but Capitals‘ Assistant Captain Chad Smith quickly equalised. Going into the second period tied at 1-1, the Capitals turned up the heat, bagging four more goals. Wild managed to find the net once more getting past Capitals‘ netminder Craig Chalmers. In the final period, Chad Smith scored his second goal, and Liam Houston added an unassisted goal, resulting in a final score of 6-3. The Capitals now occupy the third spot in the league table.


Kirkcaldy Kestrels 6 – Dundee Tigers 4
The Kestrels were first to score with two goals in the first period. In the second period, the Tigers clawed their way back netting 3 goals with 2 unassisted goals by Callum Hill and Craig Findlay whist Kestrels bagged their 3rd goal. All level going into the final period, the Tigers edged ahead, but the Kestrels responded with three more goals to secure the win. The Kestrels now sit in the fourth spot in the league.

Scottish National League (SNL)


STATEMENT: Discriminatory behaviour

After such a positive start to the season at both a senior and junior level SIH (Scottish Ice Hockey) are disappointed to be receiving reports that potentially discriminatory behaviour is happening once again. These have included incidents which may be considered sexual and of an abusive nature.

And whilst we are pleased to confirm that no reports of a racist nature have been received this year we reiterate that such behaviour will be treated with the same uncompromising approach.

SIH are, for the avoidance of doubt restating their position on such behaviour.

There is no place for such abhorrent behaviour in our sport or society and SIH would like to be clear in stating that it will not be tolerated at any level.

Such incidents are a direct assault on the ideals and values of our game, and we will do all that is necessary to investigate such reported occurrences with a view to ensure that this behaviour is sanctioned appropriately.

Abuse and Harassment is clearly defined and all those engaged in our sport, whether players, staff, fans or any other party should make sure that they understand the definition and our position.

SIH make no apologies for the hard line which will be taken to remove such behaviour from our sport and we stand firm and resolute in our commitment in playing our part in making our sport, and all sport across the world a respectful environment free of abuse and harassment.

Please enjoy our sport but always remember to be respectful, have fun and be kind.

Title: Scottish Ice Hockey Shines Bright: 5 Players Make GB Under 18s Women’s Squad

Scottish ice hockey fans have reason to celebrate as five remarkable young talents from our country have earned their spots on the BG Under 18s Women’s GB Long-list squad. These talented players, some of whom have honed their skills abroad, are now gearing up to represent their country at the highest level of competition. Join us in congratulating these exceptional athletes on their well-deserved recognition.

  • EVELYN BROWNNetminder
    Naha, USA
    Kilmarnock/Whitley Bay
    Winchendon, USA
    North Ayr

The BG Under 18s Women’s GB Long-list squad is a testament to the dedication, skill, and determination displayed by these young women. Their journey to securing a spot on the GB squad has been marked by countless hours of training, relentless passion for the sport, and unwavering commitment to their craft.

With 29 remarkable athletes making up the squad, the competition for spots was undoubtedly fierce. The fact that five Scottish players have made the cut speaks volumes about the caliber of ice hockey talent emerging from the region.

Preparations in Full Swing

The squad’s journey doesn’t end with the announcement of the long-list. In fact, it’s only the beginning. These young athletes are gearing up for their next challenge, which involves meeting at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on October 15th. This gathering is an essential part of their preparations for the highly anticipated Four Nations tournament, set to take place this year in Jaca, Spain.

Intriguing Competition Awaits

The Four Nations tournament promises to be an exciting test of skill, strategy, and teamwork for the GB Under 18s Women’s squad. From November 8th to 13th, they will go head-to-head with three formidable opponents: Iceland, Poland, and the host nation, Spain. These matches will not only provide a thrilling spectacle for fans but also offer valuable experience and exposure for the players.

Road to the Women’s World Championship

The Four Nations tournament is not just a standalone event; it’s a crucial part of Team GB’s preparation for the 2024 Women’s World Championship Division II Group A in Heerenveen, scheduled for January 15th to 21st, 2024. Competing on the world stage at this level is a dream come true for these young athletes, and their participation in these international tournaments will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping their careers.

Supporting the Future Stars of Scottish Ice Hockey

As these five Scottish ice hockey players embark on this exciting journey, it’s essential for fans and supporters to rally behind them. Their success represents not only their individual achievements but also a collective triumph for Scottish Ice Hockey.


Breaking Barriers: Jamie Thomson Unveils Innovative Approach to Junior Hockey Age Restrictions

Jamie Thomson – Head Of Hockey Operations

Since conception of the new Scottish Ice Hockey board we have been looking at barriers that we consider are hold the sport back in our country and what we can do to knock as many of them down as possible. 

One of those barriers was basing a players ability to safely compete at a higher (older) age group based on their date of birth. Specifically talented teenager’s not being able to play Senior Ice Hockey until the day of their 16th birthday. This is something we believe has stifled talent over the past few years and that there are far more measurable metrics to use to make sure we support out talent safely and as much as possible while developing them.

We have discussed and tested changing/removing these barriers over several months now and I’m very glad to be able to announce that we have introduced a process that will allow those players ready to get ahead and continue developing

We have put in place strict criteria and assessment processes to ensure the players safety comes first but believe this to be a ground breaking move that will really benefit players whose development would be stalling until a birthday.

Wrapping Up the Riga Ice Hockey Tournament

It was the final day of the exhilarating Riga Ice Hockey tournament, the air was charged with a mixture of anticipation and reflection. The ice has witnessed countless battles between young talents, and on this last day, the Scotland Juniors prepared to give their all in their final matches. Let’s take a closer look at the intense action that unfolded during the concluding day of the tournament and the invaluable experiences the teams take home.

U13s Showcase Determination: The morning began with the U13s taking to the ice against the formidable Riga team. Despite the scoreboard showing a 2-10 loss, the young Scots displayed remarkable grit and effort, proving that they could hold their own against strong competition. The momentum continued as they faced off against Prizma, fighting valiantly and narrowly losing with a score of 3-2. The Scotland U13s may not have secured a draw or a win, but their performance showcased their dedication and spirit, leaving spectators impressed by their tenacity until the very end.

U15s Face Tough Opposition: The U15s had a challenging day on the ice against the formidable Riga team, which secured victories in both games. Despite the scorelines, the U15s demonstrated resilience, determination, and a never-give-up attitude that are the hallmarks of true sportsmanship. These encounters, although difficult, undoubtedly offer the U15s a chance to learn, evolve, and hone their skills as they continue their journey in the world of ice hockey.

A Valuable Tournament Experience: As the Riga Ice Hockey tournament draws to a close, the Scotland Juniors can reflect on the valuable experiences and memories they’ve gained. This tournament was more than just a series of matches; it was an opportunity for these young athletes to challenge themselves, learn from their peers, and gain insights that will shape their growth in the sport. The U13s and U15s showcased heart, dedication, and camaraderie throughout the competition, representing their nation with pride.

U16 Team Competing in the 2023 EMF U16 Tournament in Hamikovo, Slovakia

Good Luck to our U16 team this weekend who have flown to Hamikovo just outside Bratislava in Slovakia to compete in the 2023 EMF u16 Tournament. The competition runs over 3 days where they will play 5 full 3 x 20 min stopped clock games versus England, Hamoikovo (Slovak) and Czech Elite Hockey. 

Jamie Thomson (SIH) said, “This is our fourth visit to the EMF over the years. This year our team are up against some very strong competition which is exactly what we are looking for. We want them pushed and tested at as high a level as possible. Win lose or draw, they come off the ice having played a hard game and giving everything they have. 

Well done and good luck to the following players making the trip. 

Head Coach Owen Reynolds 
Assistant CoachAaron Gregor 
Assistant CoachKyle Horne
Assistant CoachRobert Henderson
SOLWAYTomas Vyrostek
SOLWAY Logan Reid
SOLWAYConnor Lee
SOLWAY Bailey Thomson
SOLWAY Ewan Duignan
NORTH AYR Liam Houston
NORTH AYR Flynn Massie
LANARKSHIRERobbie Henderson
LANARKSHIRERobbie Thompson
KILMARNOCKGregor Donaldson
DUNDEEEthan Hardie
DUNDEEJaydn Baxter
DUNDEEAaron Wood
DUNDEEEvelyn Brown
BELFASTJude Beattie
ABERDEENConnor Nelson
ABERDEENLogan Gordon