SATURDAY MATCH NIGHT ROUND-UP: Last two play-off spots as title race gets ever tighter

SATURDAY MATCH NIGHT ROUND-UP: Last two play-off spots as title race gets ever tighter
Mark McLeod tests Graham Rodger in the Caps goal as Dundee Tigers took a point and a play-off berth (Photo by Derek Black)

Mark McLeod tests Graham Rodger in the Caps goal as Dundee Tigers took a point and a play-off berth (Photo by Derek Black)

SNL:
DUNDEE TIGERS 2 EDINBURGH CAPITALS 2

SEAN BEATTIE rescued a point for Edinburgh Capitals in the last minute as the Caps looked all but out of the title reckoning, but Dundee Tigers secured a play-off spot.

They had to contend with the early ejection of Daniel Topping, who was given a game penalty for checking from behind, but it didn’t stop them scoring the first goal shorthanded.

Scott Marr was the man to get it as he fired past Graham Rodger to give the Tigers a first period lead after being set up by Grant Reekie.

Capitals hit back on the powerplay almost six minutes into the second period as Ian Blake took advantage of a defensive zone turnover to fire home and tie the game.

The teams couldn’t be separated until the final four minutes when Andy Henderson grabbed a go-ahead goal as the fans started to enjoy the thought of two big home points.

But the Caps nicked an equaliser with 38 seconds to go as Beattie got his name on the scoresheet, but the result all but counted them out of the SNL reckoning.

SNL:
MORAY TYPHOONS 1 ABERDEEN LYNX 8

ABERDEEN LYNX stopped in-form Moray Typhoons in their tracks to claim a play-off berth following an 8-1 win in Elgin.

After a goalless first period, the game burst to life with seven goals as Barry Carnegie’s men took the initiative when Mark Laing found the net five minutes after the restart.

Then Fraser MacEachran added a second before Jordan Leyden made it 3-0 and the visitors were already imposing themselves on the game.

Moray, who had taken points from North Ayrshire Wild, Paisley Pirates and Edinburgh Capitals in recent weeks, hit back through captain Kevin Russell, but it was to be the only positive in terms of goals for them.

Lynx added to their tally when Leyden grabbed his second then a goal each from Ross McIntosh and Kevin Turnbull saw them 6-1 up after 40 minutes.

McIntosh fired his second of the game before Christian Johnson completed the rout with five minutes to go to secure a top eight place for the North East side.

SNL:
KILMARNOCK STORM 0 PAISLEY PIRATES 19

A FIVE-GOAL salvo from Chris Wilson and four from Stuart Miller helped to put Paisley Pirates level on points at the top of the table as they blew away Kilmarnock Storm at The Galleon.

They were three up inside the first seven minutes as Robert Henderson, Fraser Campbell and Miller’s first set the tone for what was to lie ahead.

Then Campbell’s second, Tom Johnston, Calum Blair, Wilson with his first and David Orr saw the visitors eight up without reply by the end of the first period.

This continued into the second period as Miller, Liam Riddell, a shorthanded goal for Wilson and Johnston’s penalty shot for his brace took the scoreline to 12-0.

Miller’s two other goals bookended the third period, with other finishes from Orr, Wilson (three) and Blair, who picked up his second of the game to set up a thrilling final few games.

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Mark McLeod tests Graham Rodger in the Caps goal as Dundee Tigers took a point and a play-off berth (Photo by Derek Black)

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