Paisley Pirates Shivering Timbers

PAISLEY PIRATES 6 – ABERDEEN LYNX 3

 

Pirates overcame a spirited performance by the visitors and, in the process, brought the latter’s unbeaten start in the league to an end.

Paisley Pirates Shivering Timbers

The home side were the quicker to settle and were ahead in the 4th minute as Wallace got on the end of a cross come shot from Sarginson to beat Chalmers and give his side a lead which they never lost. Both sides continued to push forward but it was Pirates who doubled their lead in the 9th minute as Dobson skated through and fired a beauty into the top of the net to put daylight between the teams. With no further scoring in the period, the teams headed for the dressing rooms at the first break with Pirates holding a handy 2-0 advantage.

The hosts got off to the best possible start in the middle session with a goal after only 29 seconds. Chalmers could only parry a rasping shot from Divok, and the puck fell perfectly for Thorp to nudge it over the line to give Pirates a three goal margin. Back came the visitors, however, and after a sustained spell of pressure they got their reward in 28 minutes through Malcolm. Pirates steadied the ship thereafter and restored their margin of three just after the halfway point, Walker merely flicking a long range effort which flew past Chalmers to nestle in the bottom corner. The same player was on hand after 35 minutes to net his second of the night, and with the buzzer sounding after 40 minutes Pirates were well in control at 5-1, a Hamilton shot which bounced off the underside of the bar and appearing to land behind the line being washed out by referee Emmerson.

In spite of their four goal advantage, Pirates had to be on their toes in the final session as Lynx continued to push forward towards Russell in the home goal, and after 45 minutes the visitors struck with Malcolm’s second goal of the night, followed by a third from former Pirate Andrew Murphy to tighten up the scoreline at 5-3. With four minutes to go, the accumulation of heavy challenges during the course of the game came to a head as Divok and Andreucci went head to head with the Durkacz brothers in two separate exchanges on the ice, Joe Durkacz eventually being flung out of the game with the other pugilists receiving minor penalties, which were enough to end their participation in the match.

The excitement wasn’t quite over for the evening, however, as with the clock running down in the final few seconds, Walker sent Henderson away and the forward skated through to beat Chalmers with one second remaining, putting a final gloss on the evening to give Pirates a 6-3 win.

Pirates have a weekend off and are next in action on Sunday 16 December when they play host to Kirkcaldy Kestrels.

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PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE

Paisley Pirates may have enjoyed a rare weekend off from on-ice action, but away from the usual weekend excitement the club has been just as busy as ever in the run up to the Christmas period.

“Yes, it was good that the players got a well-earned break from their usual routine,” said Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley, “but the work of the club goes on, with plenty of effort going on behind the scenes which folk sometimes don’t see.”

“We’ve been continuing to take group bookings at a steady rate now that we’re in Christmas mode, with a take up rate which suggests people are getting the message that they can come with their group and see the Pirates for very little money either as a pre-Christmas treat, or even as something a little different to their usual programme of events ay any time during our season.”

“Certainly, we’ve been busier in terms of taking bookings for the game on 16 December against Kirkcaldy, and the local derby against North Ayrshire Wild on Saturday 22 December, but the group discount rate is in operation for ALL home games and clubs and groups shouldn’t hang around too long if they’re wanting to snap up a real bargain. We know money’s tight everywhere right now so this is a chance for us to give back to the community which supports us the whole year round.”

“We’re also looking for individuals who would like to supp’ort us via our Match Night Puck Sponsorship scheme, where again, for little money, fans can sponsor the match night puck, receive it with special engraving on it, and get their photo taken with both team captains before the match in question. We’ve got another such event coming up on 22 December, but there’s other dates available if there’s supporters looking for a souvenir with a difference, or wanting to give a young relative an extra special present.”

“As usual, we’ve loads of seasonal souvenirs at our shop, including special Paisley Pirates calendars which are disappearing faster than Santa Claus down a chimney, so we’d advise folk not to waste any time in getting their order in, and/or contact us at paisleypirates@gmail.com if they want to make a group booking.”

Paisley Pirates Supporters Club has also been very busy, arranging a collection of new toys in aid of the Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Appeal, which took place at the recent match against Aberdeen Lynx.

“We were well pleased with the response we got from our ever-generous supporters,” said Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “We were able to fill a number of trollies with brand spanking new toys donated by supporters, and we also took a very healthy sum in cash donations on the night. The money raised will go towards buying specialised gifts for children in need of them, while, thanks to the generosity of Paisley Pirates fans, an awful lot of kids will have a happier Christmas than might otherwise have been the case.”

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Pirates’ netminder John Russell achieved a 21 save shut out as he helped his club to a narrow, but crucial, win at North Ayr on Saturday. While the game was short in terms of goals, it was not without incident.

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In a tight opening session, the visitors had the balance of play, but were unable to find a way past Beveridge in the home goal, while Russell was unbeatable at the opposite end of the rink, and this the first 20 minutes were completed without a goal on the scoreboard.

In the middle session, the home side had more of the play, but again found the visiting defence in miserly form, giving up very little with Russell again stopping anything which did get through. Pirates looked to be in trouble when Huber took a minor penalty for charging late in the period, but in fact they broke quickly while a player down and Divok scored a peach of a goal for his shorthanded side to give them a narrow 1-0 advantage going into the final session.

With the match still finely balance, the turning point came almost halfway through the final session as Wild’s player/coach Scott Cowan was thrown out for a heavy check on his opponent. He disagreed too vehemently with the official’s decision, receiving a match penalty on top of his original penalty. On the resultant extended player advantage given to Pirates, Henderson scored the critical second goal to clinch the points for the visitors, making it a good night for them, and setting them up nicely for the second leg of their weekend double header at Dundee the following evening.

 

Dundee Tigers  1 – Paisley Pirates  9

 

After two tight periods, Pirates blitzed the hosts with a devastating goal burst in the final session to remove any chance of an upset.

Pirates were out of the blocks quickly and were ahead in the 3rd minute through Huber. They continued to push forward and in the 7th minute they doubled their advantage through Divok. While continuing to outshoot their opponents they were unable to add to their tally and Reekie brought the hosts back into the game with a strike at the halfway point to make the score 2-1 to Pirates at the end of the first session.

The visitors continued to have the better of exchanges in the second period but were unable to beat Morris in the home goal in the early stages. However, in the 36th minute Henderson did manage to find the net to give Pirates a little more breathing space after 40 minutes, with the score at 3-1.

Pirates came out for the final period determined to put the game to bed and they did so in quite ruthless fashion, scoring no fewer than FOUR times in a two minute spell from the 42nd minute, with markers from Guy, Henderson with his second, Dobson and Thorp, to take the game well away from the Tigers at 7-1. Another quickfire double from Andreucci and Dobson with his second just after halfway took the score to 9-1, and Pirates could relax with the game well and truly over.

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Paisley Pirates start December with a bang this Saturday when they play host to Aberdeen Lynx at Braehead Arena (face off 6.30pm).

“It’s always one of the matches which generates plenty of atmosphere,” said Off Ice Operations Manager, Jackie Turley. “Because it’s a Saturday, I think it’s easier for the Aberdeen fans to travel, and they come in numbers, so all credit to them, they really get behind their team, it’s just a pity more teams don’t follow their lead. Our fans are always quick to pick up the challenge, so there will be a fair bit of noise in the Arena come 6.30pm on Saturday.”

“It’s our first home match in a few weeks so I’m sure our own fans who can’t follow the team on the road will be looking forward to exercising their tonsils. We’ve had a decent run of form since the Comets beat us here, with two wins and a draw on the road, while Aberdeen have found a bit of form as well. The matches between the two sides are usually entertaining with a few goals and incidents thrown in for good measure, and I don’t see Saturday’s encounter being that much different.”

“Our Supporters Club are also getting behind the local Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Appeal and it’s asking supporters of both teams either to make a cash donation at one of the collection points this Saturday, or bring along new toys (used ones can’t be accepted for health & safety reasons), socks, pyjamas and the like, to make Christmas a little bit special for kids and families for whom it could otherwise be a little bit bleak. It’s one of the times in the year when the club can give back to the local community and we’re really pleased to be able to make our own small contribution to all the good work which goes into helping others in the local area.”

Urbanism Award photo-resized for press

Paisley has been voted the best town in the UK & Ireland in recognition for its ‘outstanding’ efforts to transform its fortunes.

Urbanism Award photo-resized for press

It was crowned at the Academy of Urbanism awards ceremony in London, beating off competition from shortlisted Barnsley in Yorkshire and Chelmsford in Essex.

Paisley is the first Scottish place to win the the Great Town title since the inaugural awards in 2006.

Voted on by Academy members, five awards are given out annually, including for Europe’s best city, and places are judged against a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.

The Great Town award recognises the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments across the UK, Ireland and Europe, and this year focused on places that have been through transformation.

The judges ruled that although Paisley, which was one of five places shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021, didn’t win that title, the process of developing their bid ‘won over the people of Paisley and in turn permanently changed the narrative of the place and direction of travel.’

As part of the judging process, assessors visited Paisley in August and lead assessor, Michele Grant commended Paisley for using heritage and culture to change the narrative of the town.

She said: “Renfrewshire Council’s UK City of Culture bid is an outstanding example of how to shape a collective vision and build community confidence that delivers in the long term. The bid and its preparation has transformed the way local people and external organisations and individuals think and speak about the town.”

Renfrewshire Council’s investment in social housing was also praised as ‘impressive’, as was the ‘deep and meaningful working between the Council and communities’.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted that Paisley has been awarded the Great Town title – something that couldn’t have happened without the tremendous support from all sections of the community.

“The bidding process for UK City of Culture 2021 kickstarted the process to transform our place, which is very much continuing with our plans to use Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage assets to make it a key destination for visitors and events.

“Work to revitalise our town centre and economy is already underway, with a £110 million investment in the town centre and our venues, and £276 million of major infrastructure projects taking place in Renfrewshire as part of the Glasgow Region City Deal over the next decade.

“We are also reinventing our textile heritage for the 21st century and launched a new destination brand, paisley.is earlier this year.”

David Rudlin, Chair of the Academy of Urbanism, said: “Home of the Paisley pattern – a town that has recovered from industrial decline by concentrating on the basics, good, affordable housing and a strong town centre.

“It may not have been successful in being nominated as UK City of Culture 2021 but the bidding process has been incredibly positive as a catalyst for change.”

Sharon McAulay from the town’s Star Project said: “One year on from our City of Culture bid, it’s a timely reminder that Paisley is a vibrant and beautiful cultural destination and is being recognised as such from far afield.

“This award belongs to the people of Paisley whose collective positivity and boundless energy have made this possible.”

Alan McNiven, Chief Executive of Engage Renfrewshire, said: “This award is further recognition of the meaningful work being undertaken in the town by the council and all of its partners – work which has developed with the support of the people of Paisley and is essential for the prosperity of our local businesses, higher education sector and cultural community.”

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Pirates got their league campaign off to the best possible start with a comfortable win in Ayrshire. Both teams had their warm up period interrupted by a fire alarm, which saw them standing outside the ice rink in full kit, but it was the home team for whom the bells tolled as they found themselves FOUR goals down with under half the opening period played.

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The visitors were ahead with less than two minutes on the clock through Guy, and went two in front within minutes as Wilson netted his first goal for the club. A quick fire double within half a minute through Huber and Divok had Pirates four ahead by the 9th minute, and while the free scoring slowed down a little they still had time to net a fifth, through Henderson, to have the points in the bag by the first buzzer, holding a comfortable lead at 5-0.

The home side did come into the game a little more at the beginning of the second period and managed to pull a goal back after 26 minutes through McCormack, but Anderson in the home goal continued to be the busier netminder by far and he was beaten twice more, first by Henderson for his second goal of the night, then skipper Chris Turley, to take the scoreline to 7-1 after 40 minutes.

Pirates took the score to 8-1 within five minutes of the restart through Sarginson, and while Thunder did manage another consolation score through Murdoch, it was the visitors who finished off the scoring through Turley’s second goal of the night with 5 minutes remaining, to round off a satisfactory start to their league programme.

 

Paisley Pirates   5 Dundee Tigers   2

 

Pirates won their second match in 24 hours comfortably enough without ever finding top gear, as they saw off a plucky Dundee Tigers outfit to make it a four point weekend.

The home side were first on the board in the 6th minute as Divok converted a pass from Henderson, but they were surprised a minute later as Reekie equalised on the powerplay. Henderson turned goal scorer before the halfway point in the period, but with a lethargic looking Pirates side failing to pass accurately they were unable to advance their lead, going in at the first interval with a narrow 2-1 advantage.

Pirates were looking to increase their lead and put the game to bed, but their passes continued to go astray until they briefly raised their game around the middle of the period and scored three times in six minutes through Henderson, notching his second, a rare goal from Crawford with a neat backhander, and a bullet from Divok which also doubled his tally for the night. Tigers refused to give up, however, and a minute later Pliskov netted their second to give the score a slightly closer appearance at 5-2 after 40 minutes.

In the final session, Pirates continued to push forward but could not re-establish the free flowing movement which they’d managed briefly in the middle session, thus recording a satisfactory, but unspectacular, 5-2 win over the visitors.

They will be looking to raise their game next week when they face their toughest challenge of the season so far, as treble winners Dundee Comets are the visitors to Braehead Arena on Remembrance Sunday (face off 5.00pm)

Remembrance Sunday:

We’ll be admitting free of charge any members of the Armed Forces who come in uniform or produce a valid ID card tp see Pirates v Dundee Comets.

PAISLEY PIRATES-GAME PREVIEW

Paisley Pirates face what is probably their toughest challenge of the season so far as they play host to treble winners Dundee Comets in a mouth-watering league match this Sunday at Braehead Arena. The visitors complete a clean sweep of domestic honours last year, winning the Scottish Cup, the league playoffs, and the SNL title, the latter only by dint of having a better goal difference than the Pirates.

“It’s got all the potential to be another in a whole series of classics between the teams, enthused Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley. “Last year, it was a closely fought 3-3 draw here with some terrific entertainment for the fans, real edge of the seat stuff, while when we went to the Dundee Ice Arena it finished 6-6, with two goals in the last minute, so the game isn’t likely to let anyone down in terms of value for money. They’ve got a lot of fine players, but then, so do we, our goals have been spread throughout the team with no single player taking the headlines.”

She went on, “We’re expecting a larger crowd than usual, as this really is one of the fixtures you look out for every year, so our advice to folk is to get along early and make sure you catch every one of the sixty minutes-if you don’t, you’re likely to miss something!”

“It’s our last home game for a couple of weeks, so we’re advising supporters to get themselves along and catch some of the best ice hockey action they are likely to see anywhere, and have them wishing away the days until the Pirates are back in town again!”

Face off is at 5.00pm and doors open at 4.20pm.

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Paisley Pirates are well known for their exploits as one of the top ice hockey teams in  Scotland, but last weekend they ventured into the world of American Football to help out a local team hoping to boost their squad numbers.


Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley explained, “We’d heard that the Raptors were on a recruitment drive in a bid to add to their numbers, and we were only too happy to offer them the chance to hand out leaflets at our game against the Solway Stingrays last Sunday.

I know the boys managed to shift a lot of leaflets, and we hope we managed to assist them in what can be a difficult task. We know how hard it can be to bring in new blood sometimes, and we hope the Raptors are successful in enlarging the club and bringing another American influenced sport into the consciousness of the local community.”

“We’re always happy to help out other clubs in the area, we’re always trying to raise awareness about the Pirates locally, but it’s amazing sometimes that so many people know so little about the number of local clubs playing and promoting their sport in the local community.”

“Anyone wanting to get any more information about the Raptors can do so by contacting
them at contact@renfrewshireraptors.co.uk.”

The attached picture shows members of the Raptors with the Paisley Pirates shortly before
the latter beat Solway on the ice.

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Paisley Pirates leave behind an unsuccessful campaign in the inaugural Stuart Robertson
Cup competition as they start their assault on the league title with a double header this
weekend.

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The club finished unbeaten in their section, but lost out to North Ayr Wild who had
a superior goal difference after two draws and four wins in the group stages to both clubs.
The Renfrewshire club comes off the back of a 9-2 win over Solway Stingrays and is looking
to continue their unbeaten run on Saturday when they visit Kilmarnock Thunder in their first
SNL league match at the Galleon Centre (face off 5.00pm), In their last meeting there
Pirates had to twice come from three goals behind to win 7-4 and another close game is
anticipated.

The hosts lost narrowly by 7-6 in a Scottish cup tie to Aberdeen at the weekend
and will therefore be hoping to take that good form into the league match against their local
rivals.

On Sunday, Pirates are at home to Dundee Tigers, the latter not having had the best start to
their season with a very difficult grouping in the Stuart Robertson Cup (East Section) which
has seen them go up against some of the strongest sides in the SNL. The home side will be
hoping to get their campaign off to a flyer with two wins, the match at Braehead Arena
similarly facing off at their new regular 5.00pm slot.

With virtually all of the side having chipped in with vital goals and assists so far, Pirates look to mount another serious challenge for a title which only eluded them on goal difference last year.

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Pirates eventually wore down a spirited Solway side who for a long time threatened to cause
a major surprise as the home side failed to click until the latter stages of the match.

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The home side were shocked in the third minute as the visitors went in front through Adams,
and while Felix Huber brought parity to proceedings with an equaliser after eight minutes,
the Stingrays were in front again four minutes later as Horne beat Donaghy to put the visitors
ahead for a second time, a lead which they held to the end of a dire first session for the
Pirates.

It was a different home side which came out for the middle period and they were level within
minutes as Henderson fired a beauty past Carmichael to tie the scores, Pirates were at
times camped in the Solway end but Carmichael was stopping everything coming his way
until the 36 th minute when Dobson gave Pirates the lead for the first time, and they header
for the dressing rooms at the end of 40 minutes holding a narrow 3-2 advantage.

Pirates took control from the beginning of the final session, although it took them until the
47 th minute to increase their lead through Karol Divok. The same player scored again within
a minute and the goals continued to flow, Martyn Guy netting a double before Tom Johnston
finished the scoring with just over a minute to go.

This win gave Pirates an unbeaten record in the Stuart Robertson Trophy (West Section),
but they lose out to North Ayr Wild for the qualifying spot in the final by dint of having an
inferior goal difference.

Pirates now have a double header weekend in prospect, travelling to Kilmarnock this
Saturday for their first league match before taking on Dundee Tigers at Braehead Arena on
Sunday, both matches facing off at 5.00pm.

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Paisley Pirates are throwing open the doors at Braehead Arena as they go out into the local community, in a bid to give more local people the opportunity to watch their very own ice hockey team in action. The club is extending it’s seasonal group discount facility to cover all of their matches, which in previous seasons has only been available round about the Christmas period.

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Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley explained, “In previous seasons we’ve been able to offer local groups, in particular those with a high youth or young person membership, the chance to come and cheer on the Pirates for a hugely discounted admission price and, in the process, maybe encourage a few of them to come along on a more regular basis.”

“In the last couple of seasons, the scheme has been so successful that there was a danger we might not be able to accommodate all the requests we received, and, rather than disappoint people, we decided that it was better to open up the facility and make it available the whole year round, albeit groups can only use it once per season.”

She went on, “With us having moved forward our face off times for Sunday matches to a more user friendly 5.00pm the night before a school day, and this year we have a few Saturday matches facing off at 6.30pm, we feel there is an opportunity to bring the “Pirates Experience” to a whole new group of folk who have maybe heard of the club, but don’t know what it’s all about, and who maybe didn’t find the former face off time of 6.00pm altogether convenient. Throw in an opportunity to meet our mascot, Shivering Timbers, and get a name check in the course of a match, and not forgetting the on ice excitement, there’s a great chance in there for local groups to come aboard the Pirates’ ship and sample the very special atmosphere that a match night generates.”

“As we expect the takeup on this opportunity to be high, given our experience of previous years’ offers, we’re suggesting groups get in touch with us as soon as possible, either by speaking to me directly, or by emailing the club at paisleypirates@gmail.com, to ensure they don’t miss out on a really good offer.”

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Paisley Pirates play their final match in the West Section of the Stuart Robertson Trophy this Sunday at 5.00pm when they go head to head with Solway Stingrays. They need an unlikely 22 goal margin of victory to catch leaders North Ayr Wild, who have fought out two successive 4-4 draws with Pirates in the last fortnight, but who have a massively superior goal difference.

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Pirates face an uphill battle to win by such a margin, but they did manage to beat Kilmarnock Thunder 12-1 last Sunday to show that they are capable of scoring regularly. Head Coach Ian Turley and Coach Adam Walker have been using these games to give players regular ice time but they will nevertheless be looking to give the Pirates’ faithful a big win on Sunday. The goals have been shared around the squad in recent games and it is hoped that this trend continues in the weeks and months to come.

The club is back in the community this weekend as they welcome Renfrewshire Raptors to Braehead Arena. The local American Football team is currently on a recruiting drive for new players and Pirates’ Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley stepped in to offer the club the opportunity to hand out leaflets to spectators at the match on Sunday. She said, “We’re very conscious of our function as a community orientated club and as such we’re delighted to help out a fellow voluntary organisation in the hope they can recruit a few more players to their squad. We’re acutely aware of the need to have a large number of players within our playing squad and it’s therefore great for us to help out where we can.”

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Pirates contrived to let a two goal lead slip in the final minute of their clash with the hosts and, in the process, almost certainly handed top place in the Stuart Robertson Cup West Group to them.

The visitors were quicker out the blocks and were ahead in the 3rd minute as skipper Chris Turley fired past Blackwell to put his side ahead, and they retained that lead to the end of the session.

In the middle period, the pattern was repeated as Pirates defender Dean Hamilton, pushing forward, beat Blackwell again to double the lead and give his side a handy looking 2-0 advantage going into the final 20 minutes.

The home side came out for the final period knowing they needed a quick goal to get back into the game, and they duly got it with less than 4 minutes on the clock as ex-Pirate Scott Cowan netted to make it a one goal game. This sparked a minor goal flurry as Blair restored Pirates’ two goal lead in just over a minute, while another ex-Pirate, Alan Maitland, pulled it back to 3-2 only 50 seconds later.

Pirates looked to have sealed the win in the 52nd minute when Thorp restored the two goal lead, but with barely a minute remaining the roof fell in on the visitors as Maitland scored twice in under 20 seconds to give the home side the draw, there being no further scoring.

 

PAISLEY PIRATES   12 KILMARNOCK THUNDER   1

 

Pirates were back in action less than 24 hours later as they face Kilmarnock Thunder in their second West Group fixture of the weekend.

They were ahead in the second minute as Harju was on hand to slip home a pass from Dobson, and further goals followed from Blair and Guy to give a comfortable lead by halfway in the period. In the 18th minute Sami Harju took a bad knock and the Finnish forward had to be helped from the ice, taking no further part in proceedings. There was time left in the session, however, for Jardine Wallace to score his first goal for the club, with Pirates 4-0 up at the end of the period.

Play was stopped early in the 2nd session as confetti was seen to be falling from the Arena ceiling onto the ice, and with a stray bird having somehow got into the ice rink there were several moments of unscheduled entertainment before it could resume. Pirates wasted no time in scoring a 5th through Johnston, only for the visitors to go straight to the other end and deny Donaghy his shut out, as he was defeated by Thunder’s Murdoch. This appeared to spark the home side into retaliation, as in the remainder of the period they scored no fewer than four times through a Guy double, securing his hat trick, Blair, and Andreucci, to take the score to 9-1 by the second break, play being halted again to allow the puck to be removed from a player’s shorts with an appropriate degree of decorum.

With the game well and truly over as a contest, the final session was notable only for a double strike by Johnston, who thus also secured his hat trick, and Guy, taking his personal tally to four, to complete a comprehensive 12-1 win for fhe home side.

Pirates are next in action this coming Sunday (28 October) when they take on Solway Stingrays at Braehead Arena (face off 5.00pm) in their final group match.