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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]

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Paisley Pirates Update

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Paisley Pirates Update.

The waiting is almost over for Paisley Pirates fans waiting to see their beloved favourites on home ice once again. It’s been more than 6 months since many followers last saw their team on the Braehead Arena ice in March of this year, but that wait comes to an end this weekend, their first appearance on a Saturday at the Arena for many years, when they go head to head with the Belfast Giants in their first home Scottish National League fixture, the match facing off at the slightly earlier than usual time of 5.30pm.

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Pirates have got off to a good start this year, having already played 3 matches on the road, recording two big wins against Ayrshire opponents, brewing up a Storm against Kilmarnock in winning 9-0, while making North Ayrshire go Wild as they recorded an impressive 7-2 against the hosts to qualify for the semi finals of the Autumn Cup against the Solway Sharks. They didn’t enjoy the best of fortunes against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels, however, going down by the odd goal in seven against their high flying opponents, whose superior fitness proved to be vital at the end of the Pirates’ first Scottish National League fixture in Fife, at a venue where it has been traditionally difficult to record an away win.

However, there is an air of confidence in the camp which has been generated by the team performances so far, and they go into their first home match against the Giants bolstered by the fact that unlike last season, they have had the chance to practice and play, if not with the frequency which they would have liked, then at least in the knowledge that their level of fitness is improving with every passing week, while their performances on the ice give much encouragement to suggest that a better league position than the final 5th place is well within their reach in a league which becomes more competitive, and of a higher standard, with every passing season.

Coach Ian Turley will ensure, however, that there is no over confidence in the ranks which could contribute to an upset, with Pirates starting favourites to record a home win over their Irish visitors. There have been a few changes in personnel over the summer which will see a few new faces take to the ice on Saturday, while several players from last year’s squad have moved on.

Admission prices have been held for the 5th consecutive season, with the maximum entry price being £7 for adults, with the usual full range of discounts for families, senior citizens, students, and the like on offer, ensuring that once again supporters will be guaranteed excellent value for money.

Courtesy of Paisley Pirates.

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