PAISLEY PIRATES 3 EDINBURGH CAPITALS 1
PAISLEY PIRATES barged their way into SNL title race in impressive style as they beat Edinburgh Capitals 3-1 at home for their sixth win in a row in all competitions.
While Ian Turley’s men are third, they’re only four points behind Kirkcaldy Kestrels with three games in hand as they dumped the Caps, who now sit in a season low of fourth place.
Edinburgh thought they had scored, but were penalised for having a man in the crease and play had no sooner restarted when Chris Wilson found himself clear to fire into the roof of the net.
Bruce Tait equalised for the Caps on the powerplay to pull them level by the end of the second period, but it served as nothing more than a false dawn.
Pirates retook the lead as Mark Hassan fired a low effort past Edinburgh goalie Craig Mallinson a couple of minutes into the final period.
Then Wilson took the puck from Richard Thorp and sent the puck into the empty net in the latter stages to maintain their 100% home record and make a statement to the rest of the league about their title aspirations.
SOLWAY SHARKS 1 NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD 14
SCOTT HENDERSON’S early goal looked to put Solway Sharks on the right track in their home visit by North Ayrshire Wild, but the roof caved in as the title challengers blew them away.
Daniel Abercrombie had wrapped up a hat-trick by the end of the opening period, along with goals from Martin Cardno and Alan Maitland.
The romp continued for Wild, who went the right way to exorcising their heavy loss at Paisley Pirates last week and had added another four goals after 40 minutes.
Two from Maitland, to complete his hat-trick, sandwiched a single strike by Ross Couborough followed by one by Michael Dobson secured the points.
Then they rubbed salt into the wounds of the Sharks as Kenny Fleetham, Abercrombie with his fourth, another from Dobson and one each from Colin Henning and Ryan Parkin wrapped things up.
With Kestrels idle this weekend, this result took Wild to within three points of the Fife side with a game in hand.