SATURDAY MATCH ROUND-UP: Comets through while Tigers and Pirates lead

SATURDAY MATCH ROUND-UP: Comets through while Tigers and Pirates lead
Dundee Comets could face Dundee Tigers in the Autumn Cup semi finals if Tigers overcome Aberdeen Lynx in their quarter final (Photo courtesy of Dundee Comets)

Dundee Comets could face Dundee Tigers in the Autumn Cup semi finals if Tigers overcome Aberdeen Lynx in their quarter final (Photo courtesy of Dundee Comets)

AUTUMN CUP QUARTER FINAL 2ND LEG:
DUNDEE COMETS 4 KIRKCALDY KESTRELS 3 (Comets win 12-5 on aggregate)

DUNDEE COMETS booked their place in the last four of the Autumn Cup after finishing the job against Kirkcaldy Kestrels at Dundee Ice Arena.

Last week’s impressive 8-2 win put things in motion and they followed it up with a 4-3 win to move into the semi finals.

Kestrels were stronger than they were in the first leg and took the lead through Daryl Venters before Kris Inglis was set up by Comets’ captain Lewis Gold for the equalizer.

Another from Venters restored Kirkcaldy’s lead right before the first break as time began to run out on their hopes of a miraculous comeback.

Willie Nicolson levelled things again early in the second with Ross Johnston and Callum Hill adding to the scoreline to swing the game away from the visitors.

Venters completed his hat-trick in the third period, but it was too little, too late as the SNL champions bowed out of the Autumn Cup at the first attempt.

AUTUMN CUP QUARTER FINAL 1ST LEG:
ABERDEEN LYNX 5 DUNDEE TIGERS 7

DUNDEE TIGERS took a big away win from Aberdeen Lynx as they set up the prospect of a last four Autumn Cup clash with Dundee Comets.

However they didn’t make life easy for themselves, throwing away a seemingly comfortable 6-1 lead to give the Lynx a lifeline going into next week’s second leg.

After a goalless first period, the match burst to life in the second as Grant Reekie and Robbie Barnett had the Tigers two up, before Christian Johnson pulled one back for the home side.

Further finishes from Steven Turnbull and Mark McLeod saw the visitors 4-1 ahead by the end of the second period, as Lynx fans started to fear the worst.

Barnett and Reekie added their second each of the night to put Tigers in a commanding position, but the fightback began for Aberdeen.

Jonathon Hogan, Craig Johnston and Ross McIntosh pulled it back to 6-3, but McLeod’s second for Tigers re-opened a four-goal lead.

It was cut to two by the end as Hogan and Keith Riddoch both found the net to give them a fight chance in Dundee next week.

AUTUMN CUP QUARTER FINAL 1ST LEG:
KILMARNOCK STORM 2 PAISLEY PIRATES 5

PAISLEY PIRATES may not have home advantage for this two-legged tie with Kilmarnock Storm, but a good victory at Kilmarnock’s Galleon put them in pole position.

Tom Johnston, Scott Cowan and Richard Thorp swept the Pirates into a three-goal lead early in the third period as they imposed themselves on the tie.

Michael Chubb, a former Pirate, pulled one back as Storm threatened the close the gap, but further goals from Chris Wilson and Liam Riddell on the powerplay had Paisley firmly in front.

Fraser Turner scored reduce the arrears to three, giving Storm a fighting chance when both teams renew hostilities in next Saturday’s second leg.

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Dundee Comets could face Dundee Tigers in the Autumn Cup semi finals if Tigers overcome Aberdeen Lynx in their quarter final (Photo courtesy of Dundee Comets)

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