[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.
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.