Kirkcaldy Kestrels 8 – 4 Dundee Tigers
On a chilly Saturday, the Dundee Tigers embarked on the short journey to Fife to face off against the league leaders, the Kirkcaldy Kestrels. The Kestrels wasted no time and came out strong with an opening goal from Allan Anderson. Taking advantage of a power play, Scott Jamison found the back of the net, giving the home side an early lead. Tigers’ Captain Paul Gallagher managed to score on the power play at the 15-minute mark, and in the last few seconds of the first period, they scored the equaliser, making it 2-2.
The second period saw the Kestrels taking the lead again, but it wasn’t long before the Tigers fought back to level the score. However, the Kestrels’ Andrew Finlay bagged another goal, giving the Kestrels a one-goal lead going into the final period. The Kestrels shifted into a higher gear, scoring twice in quick succession. Although the Tigers managed a power play goal, the Kestrels netted two more in the final minutes of the game. With a final score of 8-4, the Kestrels secured the two points and maintained their position at the top of the SNL table.
North Ayr Wild 5 – 9 Edinburgh Capitals
The North Ayr Wild hosted the Edinburgh Capitals on Saturday, setting the stage for a challenging match for the young Wild side against the well-drilled Edinburgh team. Caps’ Aaron Robertson opened the scoring, followed by a goal from the Wild’s Flynn Massie. Just a minute later, Aaron Robertson struck again. In the second period, the Caps extended their lead by netting four more goals, but the Wild were not far behind, adding two of their own. The game entered the final period with a score of 6-3 in favour of the Capitals. Joe Lynch scored a power play goal for the Wild, but Wild’s Dean Murray notched his second goal of the evening just moments later. The Capitals managed to net two more, and even though the Wild scored a goal in the last few seconds, it wasn’t enough to close the gap. The Capitals are now in third place on the table with 10 points.
Aberdeen Lynx 9 – 1 Paisley Pirates
On Sunday, the Aberdeen Lynx faced off against the Paisley Pirates. Despite missing some players due to injuries, the Aberdeen side continued their winning streak with a comfortable 9-1 victory. In the first period, the Lynx scored twice, and in the second period, they found the back of the net five more times, with Lynx Captain and Coach Jordan Leyden scoring four out of the six goals. Less than two minutes into the final period, Lynx’s Jame Demeo netted another goal. The Pirates’ Captain managed to score the only goal for his team before the Lynx added another. The Lynx maintain their position in second place in the table on 12 points, having won 6 out of 8 games. Both the Lynx and the Kestrels have 12 points, but the Kestrels are ahead due to goal difference.
As the weekend’s action concludes, the Scottish ice hockey league remains highly competitive, with the Kirkcaldy Kestrels maintaining their lead, closely followed by the Aberdeen Lynx and the Edinburgh Capitals in 3rd position. Fans can look forward to more thrilling matchups in the weeks to come.
Scottish National League (SNL)