Picture by Mark Brown
This past weekend in Scottish Ice Hockey witnessed four exciting SNL games that further tightened the grip on the league table as well as a touching tribute to the late Adam Johnson. Before each game, players and fans observed a moment of silence followed by a heartwarming round of applause at the 47th minute.
Edinburgh Capitals 3 – Dundee Comets 2
Dundee Comets faced off against the Edinburgh Capitals in a highly competitive match at Murrayfield. The Comets started strong, with Jay Herd scoring just 42 seconds into the first period. Teammate Darren Donaldson added a power-play goal, giving the Comets a 2-0 lead. However, the Capitals fought back in the second period, with Aaron Robertson breaking through Comets‘ defense. Despite their efforts, it was Comets leading 2-1 going into the final period. The Capitals refused to surrender and scored two late goals, including the game-winner just 5 seconds before the final whistle, much to the delight of their fans.
Dundee Tigers 6 – North Ayrshire Wild 2
Dundee Tigers hosted North Ayrshire Wild in a crucial double-point game. The Tigers came out firing on all cylinders, securing an early 3-0 lead. Although Dylan Murphy and Jacobs Woods managed to narrow the gap for the Wild, the Tigers extended their lead with goals from Michel Beca and Jack Henderson. The Tigers clinched the game 4-2, earning four valuable points and moving up the mid-table ranks.
Aberdeen Lynx 8 – Kilmarnock Thunder 3
Kilmarnock Thunder traveled to Linx Ice Arena to take on the Aberdeen Lynx. James Demeo opening the scoring for the home side with a crowd pleasing goal. Thunder, eager to replicate their previous victory against the Lynx, netted two goals leading 2-1 into the second period. However, the Lynx surged back with goals from Kyle Ferguson and captain Ben Edmonds. The Lynx extended their lead and the game saw some heated moments including Thunders‘ netminder Harry Cambell being sent off. Thunder then capitalised on a power play, with Innes Gallacher scoring his second goal of the game. The final period saw Thunder net another, but the Lynx responded with three additional goals, securing a comfortable win.
Kirkcaldy Kestrels 1 – Paisley Pirates 2
The league-leading Kirkcaldy Kestrels faced off against the Paisley Pirates on Sunday. The game was closely contested, with Kestrels scoring the opening goal. The second period saw the Pirates find their rhythm, with goals from Alex Lane and Marcus Murdoch. Despite a hard-fought third period, neither team could find the back of the net. The Paisley Pirates claimed victory and two crucial points, while the Kestrels retained their top spot with 10 points.
With only 2 points separating 6th place from 1st place in the league table, all eyes are on the upcoming weekend games in the SNL. Stay tuned for more thrilling action on the ice!
Scottish National League (SNL)