MORAY TYPHOONS 4 EDINBURGH CAPITALS 3
JOHN PAUL JACK’S winner for Moray Typhoons with three minutes to go launched them into the play-offs and dealt a crushing blow to Edinburgh’s title chances.
The Typhoons made it four wins in a row with this result and – for the second week in a row – delivered a sucker punch to a team going for the championship.
It took until half an hour for the first goal to go in and it was Fraser Munro who scored it on the powerplay, but the Caps quickly turned the game around just minutes later.
Michael Ireland levelled the game before Mark Patterson put the Murrayfield men in front and despite being shorthanded, kept the lead until midway through the third period.
Gavin Millar struck shorthanded to tie the game up and a mini flurry of goals in the minutes after made it a thrilling climax.
Patterson’s second restored Edinburgh’s lead, but Moray didn’t let it go and managed to draw level again through Munro.
Then Jack popped up after being assisted by Harry Ferguson to fire the Typhoons into sixth place and clinch a place in the play-offs.
Meanwhile Edinburgh’s SNL hopes were left in disarray, leaving them five points behind and three games to go.
DUNDEE COMETS 3 KIRKCALDY KESTRELS 4
KIRKCALDY KESTRELS kept hold of the SNL’s top spot after Aaron Robertson’s penalty shot with a minute and a half to go denied Dundee Comets a point.
The Tayside men still made it through to the play-offs despite the loss, but were ruing the one that got away as their winless run was extended to three.
John Gordon opened the scoring for the home side, but Robin Floyd pulled the Kestrels level a few minutes later, ending the first period tied at 1-1.
Liam Cassidy fired the league leaders in front in the second period, but the Comets regained parity through Craig Findlay, before Kris Inglis put Dundee 3-2 ahead.
Kirkcaldy chased the game as the contest headed into the third period and left it late to turn the game around and it was the in-form Cassidy who levelled again, picking up his sixth goal in two games.
Then Robertson stepped up with a massive penalty shot, beating Matthew Michie to keep the FIfers’ title push on track after a minor scare.
KILMARNOCK STORM 8 SOLWAY SHARKS 5
KILMARNOCK STORM finally registered their first win of the season as they came out on top in the bottom of the table clash with Solway Sharks.
It’s been a whole season coming as Myles Watson’s men got their first points on the board and left Solway on the brink of missing out on the play-offs.
Luke Kearsley opened the scoring and by the half hour mark, Storm were three in front when Watson and Adam Stuart also found the net.
Tom Watson struck for the visitors, but Killie restored the three goal lead through Steven Gaughan. Connor Speirs then fired one home for the Sharks.
The home fans were soon celebrating as those points came into view as Gaughan added his second, followed by goals from Keith Devlin, Craig McKenzie and Marcus Murdock to clinch the points.
Sharks had a late push as Watson and Speirs each picked up their second with Niall Anderson adding a fifth to make the scoreline more respectable.