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PAISLEY PIRATES UPDATE

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley Pirates return to action at the Braehead Arena this Sunday when they take on North Ayrshire Wild in their final SNL match of 2014 (face off 6.00pm).

After several disappointing results in November, Pirates have returned to form in December with two big away wins, beating Kilmarnock Storm 9-3 and then shutting out Moray Typhoons 5-0 on successive weekends.

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“Yes, it’s been reassuring to see the boys return to something like their potential in the last couple of games,” explained coach Ian Turley. “We seemed to have lost our cutting edge last month so I changed the lines around in order to get us firing again, and I suppose I can’t be too disappointed with 14 goals in two games. Having said that, I thought we could and should have score more at Elgin, but some victories give you more satisfaction than others, and the 5-0 whitewash certainly falls into that category.”

He went on, “We’ve got another hard nut to crack this weekend when we take on the Wild at Braehead. Last season, they turned us over twice and I seem to remember them advertising themselves as the best team in the West of Scotland. Well, we tend to do our talking on the ice, so we won’t be making any rash predictions or claims. As it’s a local derby, there will be enough spice in the clash, and we’ll be trying hard to ensure that there won’t be any such comments coming out of any rink in these parts!”

“We’re also putting on a bit of a show for our punters on Sunday, hopefully not just during the game, but during the break and after the game. We’re not giving too much away about the interval attraction other than to say there will be a chance to see a little junior ice hockey again, while at the end of the game we have a big presentation. We know already that there’s going to be a bigger crowd than usual, and our crowds have already shown an upward trend this season, so the advice is to come early and avoid disappointment. We’ve got a lot of entertainment to fit into two and a half hours on Sunday, and it’s still only £7 for adults to get in, so Christmas will once again be coming early to supporters of the Paisley Pirates! Be there!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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MORAY TYPHOONS 0 PAISLEY PIRATES 5

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pirates headed north on League business to Elgin only three weeks after a highly controversial Scottish Cup tie which had seen the outcome subject to an appeal by the Paisley side.

On this occasion, they wasted no time and were ahead in under three minutes as Stuart Miller opened the scoring after lead up play from Wilson and Orr. The same line contributed to a doubling of this lead with just over six minutes on the clock, Orr this time getting the goal with assists from Wilson and Quinn to give the visitors a handy cushion early on in the game.

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As in the last match, Pirates were outplaying the home side but in spite of outshooting the home side by two to one they had to wait until the 14th minute for the 3rd goal to arrive, defender Colin McMIllan scoring his first goal of the season with assistance from Michael Chubb, the latter back after suspension after taking an early bath following his ejection during his last visit to Elgin. The visitors weren’t finished, however, and Miller scored his second, and his team’s fourth, unassisted with just under three minutes of the period remaining to give the scoreline a realistic look at the first interval, the visitors holding a commanding 4-0 advantage.

In the second period, Pirates continued to push forward, but with the home side also trying to come into the game a little more, both netminders were called into action on a number of occasions and were equal to the shots coming their way. Pirates also had the inconvenience of being called on minor penalties on a number of occasions, but these breaks in momentum failed to halt their push for another goal, and with teenage netminder Graeme Meechan equal to the task, at the other end they got a 5th goal seconds before the end of the session as this time Cowan fed McCamley and the forward wasted no time in bulging the net for an insurance marker.

In the final session, Pirates again had to play off a number of minor penalties, but with the outcome of the game already decided, they contented themselves with a five goal win, and, at the same time, give netminder Meechan his first senior shut out.

Coach Ian Turley will be pleased by the fact that his re-vamped forward lines have now scored 14 times in their last two games after a spell when they were misfiring badly and, in fact, they should have had more in this match, recording a total of 69 shots on target. He will be equally happy that his defensive formations also worked well in this game, giving the side confidence in advance of their final game of the year, at home against North Ayrshire Wild, this coming Sunday at the Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm).

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PAISLEY PIRATES 1 ABERDEEN LYNX 4

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pirates slipped to their third consecutive defeat as they went down to the visitors who were more adept at taking the chances which came their way in the course of the evening.

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The home side opened brightly but Lynx proved to be dangerous on the break and they were ahead as early as the 6th minute as Johnson opened the scoring for the men from the North. That lead was doubled five minutes later, this time a shot from Laing appearing to take a deflection, which was enough to see the puck nestle behind Meechan in the Pirates’ goal. The home side responded immediately, however, and were back in the game only twelve seconds later as McCamley finished off a move with Orr and Conaboy to pull the scoreline back to 2-1. In spite of mounting a series of attacks on the Lynx goal, the visitors in general, and netminder Kynoch in particular, appeared comfortable in fending them off, and in turn continued to look dangerous when they broke forward, and the period finished without further scoring.

The middle session showed a similar pattern to the first, with Pirates coming forward at every opportunity, but the visitors did in fact pass up two gilt edged one on one chances during the period, neither finishing shot actually finding the target. Worryingly for the home side, Aberdeen did in fact look the likelier side to score, but in spite of a few narrow squeaks the period ended with the score remaining as it was at the beginning of it.

With Pirates needing a quick strike to get back on level terms, a goal did arrive, but at the other end, as a slapshot from McEachran after 44 minutes doubled the visitors’ advantage. Once again the home side pushed forward, but their attacks lacked the vital cutting to defeat Kynoch, and with time running out for Pirates, coach Ian Turley pulled his netminder Meechan when his side were awarded a powerplay, to give his side 6 skaters to 4. However, in keeping with the overall events of the evening, Pirates’ attacks eventually fizzled out, and Leydon for the Lynx was able to break away and score a shorthanded empty net effort to finish off a very disappointing night for the home team, the scoreline reading 4-1 to Aberdeen after 60 minutes.

Pirates will be greatly disturbed by another sub standard performance which has seen the high hopes of only a month ago come down to earth with a bump. Their much vaunted attacking force is clearly misfiring at the moment, and they travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday looking to break a run which has seen them dismissed from the Scottish Cup, in addition to suffering two disappointing home defeats on the bounce.

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Moray Typhoons 4 Paisley Pirates 3

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(Typhoons win on Golden Goal)

In a night of sheer mayhem approaching pantomime farce, Pirates maintained their dismal record of failing to win a Scottish Cup tie in almost 9 years, as they fell 4-3 to Moray Typhoons in a match which chalked up almost 200 minutes in penalties.

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The visitors were behind in the 5th minute as Durkacz opened the scoring for the hosts, and with penalties being liberally handed out by referee Young from just after the opening marker, both teams had difficulty in retaining five skaters and the hosts doubled their lead just after the halfway point in the period as Russell netted a second for Typhoons during the chaos. Pirates came back and reduced the deficit four minutes later as McCamley got on the end of a move with Cowan and Wilson to put his team onto the board and they headed for the dressing room 2-1 behind.

The Renfrewshire side were level only three minutes into the middle session as Conaboy fired home on the powerplay, but their equal status lasted barely 90 seconds as the home team were ahead again through Munro. While there were no more goals during the period, the penalties continued to flow with the referee unable to keep control of a game in which a number of illegal challenges went unpenalised.

Pirates had a goal chalked off by the referee who, having first awarded the goal and then prepared to drop the puck for the re-start, then changed his mind and after an argument with the goal judge, who found himself summarily dismissed from the action thereafter by the official, chalked it off. In spite of playing with a numerical disadvantage for much of the period, as in fact they had done for most of the match, they continued to push forward and were finally rewarded with an equaliser less than 3 minutes from the end of regulation time, as Wilson grabbed the lifeline to tie the scores before the end.

However, in spite of the rules clearly stating that a drawn cup tie should be resolved by immediate progression to penalty shots, the referee ordered overtime. Pirates should have been awarded a penalty shot when Moray were called for having too many men on the ice during the final session, but once again the official ignored the rule book and the home side scored after almost five minutes of further mayhem, penalties, and utter confusion, to be declared the winners.

Pirates have filed an official complaint regarding the events of the night and, as yet, await an outcome. They return to Elgin on 13 December on league business.

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley was still angry and frustrated after a weekend which saw his side slip out of the Scottish Cup after a shambolic and highly controversial evening at Elgin, his side going down 4-3 in overtime, courtesy of a golden goal awarded to the home side.

“This is going to sound like sour grapes even before I say it, but there comes a point where the level of refereeing gets so low that player safety is put at risk, and there were a number of occasions on Saturday night where I seriously wondered whether I should be pulling the players off the ice” he raged. “I know referees have a difficult job to do, but I have a responsibility to look after the players’ safety, and on Saturday night the level of incompetence displayed by the referee was such that I was close to pulling the players off during the game, and risking the very severe consequences to the club which that would bring. I asked a number of times in the course of the game to have a word with him, all within the rules, but after ignoring me for most of the game he told me I was on my first warning, yet we hadn’t had an exchange of words up until then.”

“Our players were taking cross checks to the head, and from behind, which were going unpunished by the referee, yet when we complained, we were being penalised. Now, as anyone will tell you, we’re perfectly capable of looking after ourselves on the ice when the occasion merits it, but you have to be competing on a level playing surface to do that, and let’s just say we were climbing a slippery slope for 60 plus minutes.”

“He disallowed a goal after first awarding it a full minute earlier, before going back to the goal judge, disallowing our goal, although the judge said the puck had definitely crossed the line, and then, after arguing with the goal judge, dismissed him from the game. In overtime he called Moray for having too many men on the ice, but that merits an automatic award of a penalty shot to the other side. A bench minor was given even after our captain explained the ruling in depth as per the IIHF handbook. A penalty shot in overtime could obviously have won us the game. To compound matters, the decision was made to play overtime when the rules in cup competition state that a drawn tie should immediately go to penalty shots, without overtime.

“We can take losing games when they are played according to the rules. This one wasn’t for which it is important that our club addresses the issue, something which we’ve never had to do before. We’re scheduled to be going there in under 3 weeks on league business, and, as I say, I have a duty to look after the safety of the players, something I could not do in our last encounter. We believe the cup match should effectively be replayed, given that the rules were not followed in this instance and I will be raising my concerns should the same official be scheduled in to referee any of our future games.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s another busy weekend for the Paisley Pirates, with engagements on both Saturday and Sunday again, but this time the first of these dates sees the club taking part in an important off ice activity.

“Yes,” explained coach Ian Turley. “We were absolutely delighted to be asked to participate in the parade which precedes the switching on of Paisley’s Christmas lights on Saturday, not to say, extremely proud to receive the invitation. We regard ourselves very much as the local ice hockey club and the fact that we‘ve been asked, once again, to take part is, on our eyes, recognition of the fact that we are very much part of the local community, every bit as much as all the other community groups who’ll be walking round Paisley town centre at the weekend. The team members and supporters will be wearing their tops with pride, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to return some of the fantastic support we receive year in, year out from Renfrewshire Council, local businesses, and local people. It’s what we’re about, and we’re looking forward to it immensely.”

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Turning his attention to the team’s match against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Sunday (face off 6.00pm), the coach reflected on the previous weekend. “We were very disappointed to go out at the semifinal stage of the Autumn Cup on a narrow 5-4 aggregate score. In the home leg, we scraped through 3-2, and the narrowness of the win certainly cost us the tie, as we could, and should, have scored more goals. However, it’s done and dusted now, so no point in moaning about it. On the Sunday, we didn’t really get going against a dogged Dundee Tigers till the third period, but when we did we looked a really good team, which I believe we are.”

“However, we’re up against a very good Kirkcaldy side on Sunday in opposition to some guys who have a little Elite League experience, and who are to date the only side to have beaten us in the SNL, winning 4-3 in our first league encounter of the season nearly two months ago-we’ve come on a bit since then, we’ve signed a few more players to give our squad a lot of depth, not to say talent, in the meantime, but we’ll need to show the form we displayed latterly against the Tigers for the whole 60 minutes to take anything out of this one. The Fife boys will be keen to do the double over us, and we’re just as keen to return the defeat they gave us, so I don’t think the fans will be short changed for this one! Our attendances are showing a rise this year, and I like to think that people are realising that ice hockey on Sunday nights at Braehead represents astonishing value for only £7!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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CONABOY RETURNS!!

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CONABOY RETURNS!!

Paisley Pirates are delighted to announce that iconic defenceman Chris Conaboy has returned to the club, and goes straight into the squad for this weekend’s Autumn Cup semi final first leg against the Solway Sharks at the Braehead Arena (face off Sunday at 6.00pm).

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“Yes, Chris has been training with us for the last wee while, and we actually registered him as a player a week or two ago. Both he and the club have been very keen to see him pull on a Pirates’ top once again, but we mutually felt that he wasn’t quite ready to return for our double header weekend at Dundee and against Edinburgh. The extra week has allowed him to fine tune himself and he’s absolutely bursting to get back on the ice.”

“He suffered a very bad injury several years back and at one stage it looked as if he might not play again. However, he’s been working very hard on maintaining his high fitness levels at the Pro-Life gym all of that time, and he’s looked very good in training, so we have no hesitation in putting him back in again. People tend to think of the physical aspects of his game and forget that he is actually a powerful skater who moves the puck well, and like all our other signings of the last few weeks he’ll add something else to the team. It’s a great signing for Chris, and it’s a great signing for us!”

“We’re already seeing the difference in the team as a result of the new and returning players whom we’ve added to what was already an excellent group of players, and I’ve got no reason to think that bringing Chris back is anything other than excellent news for the Pirates, and even better news for our fans!”

 

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Dundee Comets 1 Paisley Pirates 3

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Pirates continued their excellent start to the season with a hard fought 3-1 win in Dundee against a Comets side which has traditionally given them problems in the past.

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In a scoreless first period, play was nevertheless flowing towards each goal, and both netminders were required to pull off a series of good saves to keep the scoreboard blank The visitors were obliged to endure a series of penalties called by referee Fraser, but nevertheless showed the kind of defensive resolve which has served them so well so far this year, to ensure that the teams went into the first interval on level pegging.

In the 23rd minute, however, tempers boiled over, Chris Turley appearing to take a cross check to the head, and in the ensuing melee the Pirate was dismissed from the game, while Comets’ Hogg was permitted to continue, albeit after a lengthy stay in the penalty box. During the ensuing 5 minute powerplay thus gifted to the home side, Pirates defended stoutly, but their defence was breached with only seconds of the advantage remaining as Blake gave the home side the lead. Back came Pirates, however, and after 36 minutes they were level as Hassan got on the end of a Cowan pass to tie the scores after two sessions.

Into the final session, and with both teams pushing for the critical second goal, it was the visitors who snatched it after 47 minutes, Orr marking his return to the club with a shot following a pass from Riddell. Pirates doubled their advantage on a rare powerplay opportunity in the 54th minute as a shot from Cowan took a deflection off a defender’s skate to defeat McGill in the home goal, the marker being credited to Riddell. Referee Fraser once again intervened, ensuring for the last 6 minutes that the visitors played shorthanded, but with the home side pulling their netminder for a 6 on 4 skaters advantage, they were still unable to find a way past Langford, and the Pirates recorded a fine 3-1 in what might best be described as difficult circumstances.

Paisley Pirates 4 Edinburgh Capitals 4

Honours finished even in the Pirates’ second match of the weekend as they fought out an entertaining draw with the reigning league champions.

The game was barely two minutes old when a major dustup involving Chris Turley and David Beatson saw both pugilists receive 14 minutes in penalties, while big Pirates’ defender Robert Henderson was thrown out on a Game Misconduct call for being Third Man In. The fast flowing, end to end, opening session never let up, however, and the visitors got their noses in front in the 12th minute as ex Pirates Mark Paterson put his side ahead on the powerplay. Pirates responded immediately in fine style and were level within 30 seconds as Churchill levelled the scores at 1-1. The pattern was repeated two minutes later as Heeles again put the champions ahead, and this time it was Gary Warley, scoring his first ever goal for the Pirates, who equalised within half a minute, to send the side in at the end of a somewhat breathless first period with the score at 2-2.

Pirates jumped out the start at speed in the middle session and were ahead for the first time within two minutes, David Orr netting after good work by Cowan and Riddell. Pirates continued to have the upper hand during this period of play and should have added to their advantage, but it there was less than two minutes remaining in the session before Chris Wilson fired home to give his team a handy 4-2 advantage going into the final 20 minutes.

With Pirates going for the cushion of a 3 goal lead, they could, and should, have done so, passing up a succession of good chances at the start of the final session, the best being a shot by Orr which rebounded off a post barely two minutes into the period. They were made to pay severely for those missed chances as at the halfway point the Capitals scored twice within a minute, as first Donaldson, on the powerplay, and then Neil Hay, brought the game level, and the home side had to endure a final nine minutes where, while they continued to carve out openings, the visitors certainly had opportunities to win the game, only to find Langford putting in a Man of the Match performance to earn his side a point, in a match where they will feel they should have collected two.

 

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Paisley Pirates v Solway Sharks Preview

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Paisley Pirates go into this Sunday’s home league match against the Solway Sharks high on confidence after a convincing 9-1 win over Belfast Giants in their curtain raiser last Saturday.

“Yes, I was pleased with the win,” said coach Ian Turley. “I thought we played very well in places and could have scored more goals, but I have to be happy with a 9-1 win to get the home programme underway after a month on the road. Our new guys, Liam Riddell and Ciaran Quinn settled in well and, of course, we’ve got the prospect of more new signings in the shape of Scott Cowan and Fraser Campbell coming into the mix for this weekend.”

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“Much has been made of our signing of Scott Cowan and yes, I’m delighted to have got him, as he’s a real quality player and will bring something extra to the squad. However, I’m equally pleased to have secured young Fraser. We continually tell people that we’re their local club, so signing and, hopefully, developing young local players like him reinforces that ethos.”

“We look forward now to our battle with the Sharks at the weekend, when we’re back to our usual schedule of home games on a Sunday at 6.00pm. We’re playing them again in a few weeks’ time home and away in the semi final of the Autumn Cup, so we’ll be seeing quite a lot of each other in the next month or so. We saw a number of new faces in the crowd at our game last week, so I hope they saw enough then to convince them that their £7 admission fee represents the very best value in entertainment in and around the Renfrewshire area!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Paisley Pirates win over Belfast Giants

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PAISLEY PIRATES 9 – BELFAST GIANTS 1

Pirates began their home league campaign with a more than comfortable win against a Belfast side which, while showing plenty of effort, couldn’t compete with a home side which moved the puck around with ease, and at times threatened to embarrass the visitors.

The hosts were ahead in only 57 seconds as Brian Miller found the back of the net, and with the visitors under siege, further quick goals by Johnston and Guy meant that by just after the six minute mark they were already three ahead and coasting. They took their collective foot off the pedal a little, but with new signings Liam Riddell and Ciaran Quinn showing up well they still had enough left in the tank to score a fourth before the interval, Chris Turley scoring only a second before the buzzer to give his team a comfortable 4-0 lead at the first break.

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The visitors were briefly given a glimmer of hope as Roberts pulled one back two minutes into the second session, but another two trademark Turley goals by the 27th minute, both smashed from the blue line, and which completed his hat trick in the process, ensured that once again the Pirates were able to play possession ice hockey for the remainder of the period, with a handy 6-1 lead in the bank going into the second interval.

The pattern of play was repeated in the final session, as Pirates scored three times through Wilson, McCaig and debutant Quinn, the latter after a mazy skate and backhand finish, to take the score to 9-1, but in spite of continuing to exercise plenty of pressure, they couldn’t quite manage to bring up double figures in a match where they were always well in control, and never in any danger from a spirited, if overpowered, Belfast side.

Pirates will be pleased with their performance and, with a further two signings to boost their ranks, will be looking forward to the visit on league business of the Solway Sharks on Sunday, reverting to their regular face off time of 6.00pm. The two teams will face each other over two legs in the semi finals of the Autumn Cup in a few weeks’ time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Pirates swoop to sign new players

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Pirates swoop to sign new players

On the eve of Pirates’ first home game at the Braehead Arena, coach Ian Turley has swooped to sign 2 young players to strengthen his squad.

Making their debuts for the club against the Belfast Giants this Saturday (face off 5.30pm) will be 23 year old defender Cieran Quinn, most recently playing for Solway Sharks in the English Ice Hockey League, and 18 year old forward Liam Riddell, latterly with SNL rivals North Ayrshire Wild.

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“It’s my policy not to bring in new players unless I think they will improve the squad, and in this instance I think we’ve signed two guys who very much fit that description,” said a clearly delighted Turley. “Liam played with Paisley Junior Development at the Lagoon before moving to North Ayr and we’re delighted to bring him back to Paisley. Although he’s only 18, he’s played for the Scotland Under-19 team in the last two seasons and clearly is a developing talent.”

“Cieran has already iced with a host of other sides, including the two Dundee teams in the SNL, as well as a few teams in England at a good level of ice hockey, and has already represented Great Britain at Under-18 level, so at 23 he’s already a seasoned campaigner in spite of his relatively tender years. I’m absolutely delighted to be able to bring in two such young talents and I’m sure our supporters will be as pleased as I am to be adding them to our roster.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]