Solway Sharks 3 Dundee Tigers 2
GORDON HORNE’S last second winner broke Tigers’ hearts as Solway Sharks nicked the first league points of the season in Dumfries.
There was literally one second left on the clock when Horne struck as the Tayside men were left stunned by the outcome of the game.
A closely fought game didn’t see its first goal until just after the midway point in the second period as Michael Brunton fired beyond Ciaran Hoggan on the angle.
Robbie Balfour then replaced the Tigers goalie due to injury, but the visitors were able to get themselves on the scoresheet within a minute of the restart in the third period.
Paul Guilcher was the man to deliver as he found the top corner of Kyle Johnston’s Sharks net and the game was level.
A powerplay chance seven minutes from time presented the Tigers the opportunity to take the lead, which they duly obliged as Kris Phillips finished to make it 2-1.
The drama was to come in the last couple of minutes as the Sharks levelled as Scott Henderson was found unmarked to make it a tied game.
Then Gordon Horne barged his way through the middle to send the puck into the bottom corner of Balfour’s net to nick the win for the home side with just a second to go.
Edinburgh Capitals 7 Kirkcaldy Kestrels 5
EDINBURGH CAPITALS got some semblance of revenge as they got a big home result against Kirkcaldy Kestrels at Murrayfield.
Having lost the title to their Fife rivals last season, Capitals sent a statement of intent with this win that makes them early pace setters in the league race.
They scorched into a four-goal lead in the first period when Jay King opened the scoring, followed by a powerplay marker from Matthew Patterson then further goals from Callum Boyd and Joel Gautschi.
Sean Cochrane pulled one back for the Kestrels, but Patterson and James Wallace soon found the net to put the Capitals 6-1 ahead in the second, until Martyn Simpson added Kirkcaldy’s second.
The Fife side made a better fist of it in the third and got to within a goal of their hosts as Conor Duncan, Josh Leslie and Allan Anderson made it a 6-5 game.
But a short handed finish from Gautschi – his second goal and fifth point of the game – kept the points in Edinburgh.
Afterwards, Caps’ Sean Donaldson said: “We were delighted to get both points but were disappointed at the way we let the game slip after being in total control.
“The Kestrels were a determined team but we showed character to focus at the end to win.”