MORAY TYPHOONS 5 PAISLEY PIRATES 4
PAISLEY PIRATES braved a torturous route to Elgin on the A9 in adverse weather conditions, but it was the Typhoons that blew a hole in their title hopes.
Ian Turley’s side came into the game as the league’s form team and were heavily expected to claim the points, but Moray stunned them to breathe new life into their own play-off aspirations.
The visitors started the game in the right way as Robert Henderson was first off the mark with the opening goal just 30 seconds into the contest, but Jack Durkacz levelled the game around the seven minute mark.
Moray’s joy was short-lived as Scott Cowan restored Paisley’s lead within the next couple of minutes, only for Harry Ferguson to restore parity again on the powerplay.
Finely poised at 2-2 after the first stanza, both teams were fighting for their respective causes and a keenly fought contest was being played out and it was the Typhoons who struck again to claim the lead.
James Aitkenhead was the man to get it in the second period and the game was still on a knife edge until the last ten minutes when a flurry of goals finally decided the game.
David Orr equalised, but Kevin Russell had the home team in front again with Mikey Ferguson clinching the points with 50 seconds to go.
Paisley scored with 11 seconds remaining through Chris Turley, but it was all they could muster and made the journey south that good bit longer.
DUNDEE TIGERS 3 SOLWAY SHARKS 1
DUNDEE TIGERS increased their recent upturn in form to three wins in four as they take care of Solway Sharks on home side, with the Dumfries side now winless in three of their last four.
The goals started flying in just before the ten-minute mark as Paul Guilcher swooped in and blasted a venomous shout over Kyle Johnston’s shoulder.
The first period saw Tigers outshoot the Sharks 20-7, which gave you an idea of how the game was panning out as the Tayside men went in with only a goal to show for their efforts.
It took them only five minutes in the middle session to double their lead as Pavel Pliskov met Kris Phillips’ pass before taking the puck round Johnston and slotting home Dundee’s second.
Then it was three to effectively clinch the points before the second interval as Grant Reekie slotted in and it looked as though the points were staying in the city.
Michael Brunton’s high shot gave the Sharks fans something to cheer about in the third period and although they pushed for more, it was another defeat with the race for the play-offs looking on for them now.
SCOTTISH CUP 2nd ROUND:
ABERDEEN LYNX 12 KILMARNOCK STORM 1
IT would have been the shock of the season if it had come off, but Aberdeen Lynx returned to winning form in emphatic style to thump Kilmarnock Storm 12-1 and blitz their way into the Scottish Cup semi finals.
Four goals each for Mark Laing and Jordan Leyden, who opened the scoring, made sure a date with Paisley Pirates awaited in front of another big crowd in the North East.
After Leyden’s opener, Laing scored twice to put Lynx three up by the end of the first period, with Leyden completing his hat-trick by 27 minutes with another two then Christian Johnson added his name.
Laing completed his treble just after the half hour mark followed by player-coach Barry Carnegie making it eight goals without reply by the end of the second period.
Lynx reached nine with Laing notching his fourth before Kilmarnock found a consolation through Martin McPhail in the third.
But the home side completed the romp with two from Iain Malcolm and the 12th and final strike of the night from Leyden, who bookended the night to send Aberdeen through to the semi finals.