SUNDAY MATCH NIGHT ROUND-UP: Kestrels one step closer as Pirates stumble

SUNDAY MATCH NIGHT ROUND-UP: Kestrels one step closer as Pirates stumble
Kirkcaldy Kestrels just need a point from their final game to retain the SNL title (Photo by Gordon Venters)

Kirkcaldy Kestrels just need a point from their final game to retain the SNL title (Photo by Gordon Venters)

SNL:
KIRKCALDY KESTRELS 6 DUNDEE COMETS 2

KIRKCALDY KESTRELS moved closer to retaining their SNL championship crown after five goals in the second period downed Dundee Comets.

With Paisley Pirates losing their game at Edinburgh Capitals, it means the Fife side need just a point from their final game next week to secure the title for the second year in a row.

But Callum Hill had the visitors in front by the end of the first period. However that didn’t last long as Kirkcaldy clicked into gear.

Allan Anderson was the man to level the game up with a goal almost four minutes into the restart before Daryl Venters struck on the powerplay to give Kestrels the lead.

The home side made it 3-1 through Conor Duncan before Aaron Robertson and Liam Cassidy made things relatively comfortable by the end of the second session, despite John Gordon getting Comets’ second.

Chad Smith’s third period goal put the icing on the cake as fans started to think about a possible party in the auld barn next week, barring what would be the most dramatic of collapses.

SNL:
EDINBURGH CAPITALS 6 PAISLEY PIRATES 5

THERE was an 11-goal thriller at Murrayfield, but it left Paisley Pirates looking like being the ones that will miss out on the big prize after losing 6-5 to Edinburgh.

Tyler Plews opened the scoring for the Caps shorthanded just four minutes into the contest as Garry Hughes sat for an early hooking penalty.

Pirates levelled things up minutes later as David Orr found the net and the away team soon found themselves ahead by the end of the first.

Chris Wilson struck for Paisley, as did Sean Beattie for Edinburgh to make it 2-2 before Wilson’s second gave them the lead after 20 minutes.

Craig Main tied the game at 3-3 with the only goal of the second period before they went ahead as Ross Hay grabbed his first goal.

Mark Patterson scored to open up a two-goal lead, but the lead was cut as Mark Hassan finished on the powerplay before Hay’s second restored the gulf.

Orr’s second with just over four minutes to go made it 6-5, but Ian Turley’s side couldn’t at least tie the game as the home team took the points to end a watershed weekend for the SNL title race.

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Kirkcaldy Kestrels just need a point from their final game to retain the SNL title (Photo by Gordon Venters)

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