KIRKCALDY KESTRELS 4 EDINBURGH CAPITALS 4
IT was honours even for the two teams at the top of the SNL as the league title race continued to open up wider as Kirkcaldy Kestrels and Edinburgh Capitals shared the points in a 4-4 draw.
Just four points separate the top five places after a winner couldn’t be found at Fife Ice Arena, despite three goals in the final ten minutes that could taken the points on either side of the Forth.
Mark Patterson was first on the scoresheet as the Capitals went in front before he added a second minutes into the middle period, but Conor Duncan pulled one back in reply seconds later.
Sean Cochrane levelled the game in the opening seconds of the third period following by Duncan finishing off his second of the night as he gave Kestrels the lead.
Caps were even again through Joel Gautschi before Patterson completed his hat-trick as the contest started to edge in favour of the visitors.
But Daryl Venters kept at least one point in Kirkcaldy with his goal to make it 4-4 in an enthralling night in Fife as the title race hots up even more.
PAISLEY PIRATES 2 DUNDEE COMETS 1
PAISLEY PIRATES kept their 100% home record as they edged Dundee Comets in a tense affair to move ahead of them in the SNL table.
It took them until 16 minutes to open the scoring as Scott Cowan was fed by Martyn Guy, put him through on Comets netminder Matthew Michie and slipped the puck past him for the opening goal.
Comets hit back in the opening seconds of the middle period as Lewis McIntosh caught the Pirates defence out and the game was tied at 1-1.
Both teams fought hard to get the breakthrough and it took until the last ten minutes when Stuart Miller scored on the backhand after Paisley had enjoyed a good spell of pressure.
Comets continued to create chances as they tried to get themselves back into the game, but Ian Turley’s side held out for a big victory in the end.