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Paisley Pirates may be enjoying a well-earned break from their on–ice activities after a season which ended when they won the national playoff title for the very first time, but off the ice the club and its supporters are continuing to work hard to ensure that the club continues to flourish.

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“Yes, it’s a busy time for us all,” said Supporters Club chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “We’re holding our AGM in the Priorscroft Bowling Club on Wednesday 29 May at 7.00pm and, on the following Sunday, 2 June, we’re taking part in the Renfrew Gala Day at Robertson Park from 1-5pm, when we’ll have a stall at the event, and I know that Pirates’ Off-Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley is planning to bring our seven foot mascot, Timbers,along to say Hi and have his picture taken with the younger children, and maybe even some of the not so young children too.”

“It’s very important to everyone within the Pirates’ organisation that as members of the local community they get the opportunity to take part in local events such as this Gala Day, and I know we have another couple of similar events already in the diary over the summer before we get back into action of the icy kind.”

“Jackie has very kindly donated a game worn jersey to the Supporters Club which will be raffled on 2 June, meaning that one very lucky person is going to win what is now a piece of local history, a jersey worn on the ice when we beat Murrayfield Racers 5-0 to win the playoff title, and when you add that to all the other goodies we’ll have with us, that makes for a terrific opportunity for people attending to pick up a great prize at our stall. We know the Gala will be a big success at always is, and we’re looking forward to playing our part in making sure that history repeats itself.”

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Paisley Pirates celebrated another successful season with a packed end pf season Presentation Night at the Priorscroft Bowling Club in Paisley on Saturday night.

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In the course of the evening, Head Coach Ian Turley recalled a season during which the Pirates were at one time not certain of competing due to insufficient squad numbers, but nevertheless finished by winning the prized Playoff Champions trophy. Prior to going on to name the main recipients of the players awards, each of the army of volunteer helpers received a small memento to mark their contribution to the club, with Joanne White picking up the Volunteer of the Year Award, with each each player receiving a tankard to mark their season with the Pirates.

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The recipients of the main awards were as follows:

Supporters Club Player of the Year (Jim Liddell Trophy) Chris Turley

Players’ Player of the Year Martyn Guy

Most Improved Player Struan Forbes

Award for Effort/Attitude Felix Huber

Difference Maker“ Daniel Abercrombie

Most Valuable Player Liam Henderson

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Pirates progressed to the SNL playoff final, but not before encountering some late night drama which kept spectators, literally, on their feet.

Kestrels made the better start and were on the board only three minutes as Pitcaithly beat Meechan to put his side ahead. Pirates responded immediately, and with Walker equalising within a minute, and ace sniper Abercrombie scoring with a peach of a flick three minutes later, Pirates were ahead 2-1 before the halfway point in the period. In spite of there being chances at both ends, and with a few niggly hits thrown in for good measure, there was no further scoring and Pirates headed for the dressing room nursing a narrow lead.

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Pirates added to their lead after 26 minutes as Walker score an unassisted goal to stretch the advantage to two, and in spite of several powerplay chances to increase their lead, they were unable to do so, and were hit by a two goal burst from Kirkcaldy in the final two minutes of the session through Simpson, then Floyd, to bring the score back to 3-3 and set the scene for a nervy final 20 minutes.

With both teams going for the crucial go ahead goal, it was Pirates who made the breakthrough after 46 minutes as Abercrombie was again on hand to shoot past Jackson and give his side the vital edge. However, in a match which had already started late, there was further unexpected drama as with less than four minutes remaining, the fire alarm sounded and the building had to be evacuated, with players, officials and spectators alike obliged to stand outside the ice rink until a fire engine arrived. Eventually, after nearly an hour’s wait, the all clear was given, and Pirates safely negotiated the final few minutes to reach the final for the fourth time in the last six years, but still awaiting their first success in the competition.

 

PAISLEY PIRATES   5 MURRAYFIELD RACERS   0 (playoff final)

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On a night which few Paisley fans will ever forget, Pirates swept aside pre-tournament favourites Murrayfield Racers, who had been unbeaten by an SNL side for the entire season, and made history in the process as they picked up the SNL Playoff title for the very first time with their best display of the season.

Underdogs Pirates went for their more fancied opponents from the first whistle, in spite of their semi-final having finished less than 18 hours before,  and were ahead in less than four minutes as Walker beat McGill on the powerplay to give his side a lead that they never lost. Pirates continued on the front foot and were rewarded with another goal in 18 minutes as Martyn Guy scored a trademark second, with assistance from Sarginson and Thorp, to give them a 2-0 advantage by the break, Racers heading for the dressing room in the hope of regrouping.

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With Murrayfield looking for a quick goal to haul themselves back into the game in the middle period, it duly arrived within four minutes, but at the other end as Abercrombie, a Racer at the start of the season, took great delight in beating McGill to increase the lead to 3-0 in front of disbelieving fans in the arena. Pirates continued to control the play, combining sharp attacking play with a “they shall not pass” approach at the back, where Meechan and the defence kept the best efforts of the Edinburgh side at bay.

Pirates came out for the final session in a comfortable position, and with there possibly being an expectation that they would hold what they had, killed off any lingering hopes of a fightback, as first Walker, with his second of the night, and then skipper Chris Turley, on the powerplay, took the score to 5-0 in the first two minutes. A scuffle between Andreucci for Pirates and Richards Grigors for Racers broke up an otherwise scoreless final session, both taking extended breaks in the penalty box, but by that time the match was over as a contest, and the Pirates fans were celebrating in the stands on a famous night.

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After the match, Head Coach Ian Turley commented, ”It’s hugely satisfying to be the first team to beat the Racers this year. We’ve beaten Edinburgh/Murrayfield 3 times in recent years in major finals, all of them without losing a goal.”

Player/Coach Adam Walker said, “It was a fantastic weekend. We knew coming into it we were peaking at the right time, so to come in and get the job done on back to back nights against two of the best teams in the league is a huge achievement. We knew that Murrayfield had a lot of fire power and a solid all round game and to have as much success as we did is a massive credit to the players and the way they carried themselves.”

“History has been made at the club and we couldn’t have hoped to do it with a better bunch of guys.”

 

All Photographs courtesy of Al Gould.

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Paisley Pirates play their last home match of the season against Dundee Tigers this Sunday (face-off 5.00pm) at Braehead Arena and the club is putting on a special offer to encourage groups and fans along to cheer on the team to what they hope will be a successful final appearance, with the prize of a place in the end of season playoff finals weekend on 31 March/1 April going to the four winning quarter finalists.

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Off-Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley said, “We really want a big crowd along to support the guys as they push for a place in the playoff finals weekend. Once again, they’ve punched above their weight this season and it would be nice to give them a great send off. We’re offering junior clubs and organisations the chance to be part of the final night, so a cut-price rate to encourage them along as part of an organised group is there for the taking. Charges will be greatly reduced, being £5 for adults who are part of the group, and only £1 for kids, so it really is a genuine opportunity for them to be cheering on THEIR team as it goes into action at Braehead Arena for the last time this year.

The season doesn’t open again until September, so it’s an awful long time to wait before they will get such a chance again!”

“We need to know quickly, however, so that we can put our own arrangements in place, so we’re asking organisers to get in touch with us by Friday of this week at paisleypirates.org so that they don’t miss out on a really good deal.”

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DUNDEE COMETS   4 PAISLEY PIRATES   6

 

Pirates put on a scintillating show in Tayside on Sunday night as they beat the defending league champions in their own backyard, including a stirring two goal fightback when they trailed early in the match.

The visitors were caught on the hop and found themselves facing an uphill task almost from the first whistle as Pokorny scored twice in the 4th minute to give the Comets a lead which they held on to while Pirates found their feet. Skipper Chris Turley led the recovery from the front and beat Michie in the home goal in the 10th minute to pull Pirates back into the match, and a second strike from Marty Guy, assisted by captain, two minutes later, had the game tied at 2-2 with 11 minutes on the clock. The visitors continued to heavily outshoot their hosts but were unable to find the net again in the remaining minutes of the session, leaving the scores tied at the first break.

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Pirates came out for the second session with a will and were ahead after 23 minutes as player/coach Adam Walker took a pass from Spiers to put his team ahead for the first time in the match, but John Dolan equalised less than three minutes later to tie the scores once again. It didn’t take the away side long to retaliate, however, as ace sniper Daniel Abercrombie restored the lead inside a minute, and Marty Guy helped himself to a second goal with three minutes of the session remaining to put Pirates ahead by 5-3. Dundee weren’t done, however, and with Thorp sitting out a penalty they took advantage of the extra player to score, again through Dolan, with five seconds of the period remaining, to pull it back to a one goal game in favour of Pirates at 5-4 at the buzzer.

Pirates were continuing to outshoot Michie by two to one, Meechan in the away net having a comparatively quiet evening, but they couldn’t quite find the insurance marker they were looking for until the 54th minute when Thorp linked with Henderson, who gleefully put the puck away to secure the points for the visitors at 6-4 and round off a notable performance by the visitors, who succeeded in blending solid defence with good attacking play throughout the 60 minutes.

Pirates are back in action this coming Sunday (3 March) at Braehead Arena when they go head to head with Kilmarnock in a match which will decide their playoff opponents in a few weeks’ time, in their last regular season fixture, which faces off at 5.00pm.


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Paisley Pirates can clinch the runners up spot in the Scottish National League this Sunday if they can overcome opponents Kilmarnock Thunder in their final league encounter of the 2018-19 season at Braehead Arena (face off 5.00pm). Pirates have already ensured their place in the playoffs, but their opponents will not be known for certain until the completion of the final round of league fixtures which will determine final placings. The first round of playoffs will be played over the next few weeks on a home and away basis over two legs, the winners of each tie proceeding to the playoff finals weekend in Dundee at the end of March/beginning of April.

After recent excellent displays, the most recent being a 6-4 win over the reigning league champions, Dundee Comets last Sunday, their young side, coached by Ian Turley and Adam Walker, will be looking to finish the regular season with a flourish before making their bid to win the playoffs, a feat which has so far eluded them. Their squad has continued to improve throughout the season, and in spite of various challenges arising through injury and other factors which on occasion has left them short handed.

With a run of wins behind them, the club will be hoping to finish the regular season on a high with a convincing victory against their near rivals, one which would continue their momentum as they enter the playoffs.

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It was a night for records at Braehead Arena as Paisley Pirates scored no fewer than twenty one goals against a plucky, but hopelessly outclassed, Stingrays side, with another “first” coming right at the end of the night’s proceedings.

Pirates were on top right from the opening whistle but were shocked in the 4th minute as a shot from Horne trickled past Meechan and into the net to give the visitors a surprise lead. Any hopes of an upset were quickly eliminated, however, as with only seven minutes played Pirates were 2-1 in front after goals by Dobson and Thorp. Morris in the visitors’ goal was under siege and it was chiefly through his good form that the 3rd strike did not arrive until the 16th minute as Adam Walker fired home, with Andreucci getting the first of a hat trick a minute late, giving the home side a comfortable looking 4-1 advantage at the first break.

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Morris continued to perform heroics for the visitors, and kept the home side was to two further goals by Guy and Abercrombie in the first half of the middle session, but once the netminder had given way to team mate Carmichael at the halfway point, the goals flowed latterly with a further six being added to the total, Dobson completing his hat trick with a double, and further markers by Adam Walker, Henderson, Abercrombie and a length of the ice skate and finish by Andreucci took the scoreline to 12-1 by the end of the session.

Donaghy replaced the virtually unemployed Meechan in the home goal at the beginning of the final period, but all the action was at the other end as a rapidly tiring Solway team continued to face the home onslaught after a comparatively quiet opening spell when they continued to give a spirited performance. Henderson took the score to thirteen in the 47th minute and Abercrombie completed his treble within half a minute, before Ben Walker netted a rare counter, while in the final seven minutes Pirates scored no fewer than six times through Thorp, two more from Dobson, then Johnston and Abercrombie, while Andreucci also completed his hat trick to complete the rout.

In a night where new scoring records were the norm, another first was recorded when Solway forward Megan Gourlay became the first female player to pick up a Man of the Match award in the course of a senior game at Braehead Arena.


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Paisley Pirates go into this weekend’s clash against Dundee Comets buoyed by their record win against Solway Stingrays last Saturday, but knowing also that they face a very different proposition against the reigning league champions. The two sides met in the Scottish Cup in January, with Comets going through in a dramatic penalty shoot out after a 12-12 aggregate score over two legs.

Head Coach Ian Turley reflected on his team’s big win, before looking forward to the Sunday clash on Tayside against last year’s treble winners. “We put in a good performance against the Stingrays with a full squad and at this time of the season, the business end of it all, we’re wanting to keep the players hungry, which is why we rotated the lines, to keep them fresh and thinking.”

“It’s fair to say that we would find it difficult to win the league from our current position, as I think we’ve probably lost too many games, but we’ll still treat every game as a fresh fixture, including our trip to the home of the Comets on Sunday. The squad has continued to improve in every game this season, and we’re still looking to finish in as high a position in the league as we possibly can ahead of the playoffs.”

Pirates’ clash on Tayside faces off at 7.00pm

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ABERDEEN LYNX 2 PAISLEY PIRATES 5

Pirates travelled north to the Lynx Arena and recorded a notable win as they put the home side to the sword, securing an excellent victory in front of a capacity crowd.

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The visitors were obliged to play off early penalties but in fact it was during one of those periods of play, with Thorp sitting out a Holding call, that they broke with Abercrombie assisting Walker to score the opening goal while they were at a numerical disadvantage. While that goal proved to be the only one of the period, Pirates did in fact keep Lynx netminder Chalmers busy throughout the session, while Russell in the visiting net had little to do by comparison, and thus the visitors headed to the changing rooms holding a narrow 1-0 advantage at the break.

Aberdeen were penalised within a minute of the restart and found themselves two behind as Pirates made full use of the powerplay to double their lead, Walker netting his second of the game. The hosts saw a little more of the puck than they had done in the first session and pulled a goal back in the 29th minute through Durkacz, but Walker restored his side’s two goal lead with 5 minutes of the session remaining with an unassisted goal, making it a straight hat trick for the Pirates’ player/coach. With no further scoring, the buzzer sounded for the end of the session with the visitors holding a handy 3-1 advantage.

Pirates continued to have the bulk of play in the final session but they were shocked when Lynx reduced the deficit to one through Thomson in the 46th minute. The home side’s joy was short lived, however, as within two minutes they were penalised and Pirates scored immediately through Henderson to lead 4-2. Any remaining doubts about the destiny of the two league points were doused in the final five minutes, with the visitors on the powerplay again, as Walker netted his own fourth, and his team’s fifth, to silence the home fans and send the visiting supporters homeward with smiles on their faces.

Pirates Player/Coach, Adam Walker, commented after the game, “I thought we played a really solid road game last night. It’s always difficult to get the two points in Aberdeen but to heavily outshoot them and keep them to the outside for most of the game is a credit to our team. Everyone played their part and kept disciplined and that made. the difference.”

Pirates return to home ice this Saturday after a 3 week absence to face Solway Stingrays (face off 6.30pm)


 

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Paisley Pirates are back in action at Braehead Arena this Saturday as they welcome the Solway Stingrays to the venue for what will be their first home fixture in the Scottish National League for a few weeks. The club has recorded two excellent wins on the road over the last fortnight and will be looking to keep that good form going on home ice, particularly after beating Aberdeen 5-2 at a venue which has been somewhat problematic in recent years.

Head Coach Ian Turley commented, “It was very good collective performance from everyone. The team’s attitude and approach to the game was excellent and all the boys contributed to the win whether they played a lot of minutes or not.”

Pirates hope to continue their run in front of a big crowd on Saturday, as they look to cement a place in the top four ahead of playoff season, which commences in a few weeks’ time, and which would see them gain one of the seeded places, while looking to see the return of a few players who have been missing for various reasons in recent weeks as they head into the latter stages of the season.

Face off against the Stingrays is at 6.30pm.

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(AGG 12-12-Comets win on penalties)

 

Pirates and Comets served up an epic SEVENTEEN goal thriller, which saw the home side edge through on the night-but the home side suffered the heartbreak of going out of the Scottish Cup to the holders on penalty shots, after the teams finished level over the two legs.

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The visitors were first to score through McNicoll after only a minute to put them two ahead on aggregate after their 4-3 first leg win last week, but Pirates found their feet quickly as first Walker, linking up with Divok, and then Andreucci, put the hosts ahead on the night with just after five minutes played. Chances continued to go abegging at both ends and Comets were level after 15 minutes as Edmonds beat Russell to tie it up at 2-2. The scoring for the session wasn’t finished, however, and with Pirates on the powerplay they took advantage of the extra player to net through Dobson with two minutes remaining in the period to make it 3-2 at the break.

The glut of scoring was actually stepped up in the middle session as with Pirates again on the powerplay they netted their fourth through Walker inside four minutes of the restart, going nap two minutes later through Henderson, but McLuskey was quick to pull the visitors back into it with a goal before the halfway point for 5-3. Pirates hit a purple patch soon after, netting three times through Guy, Divok and Walker, the latter netting his hat trick, to go to 8-3, but Comets refused to lie down and netted two powerplay goals through Edmonds and McLuskey in the space of 50 seconds to make it 8-5 on the night, Pirates two ahead on aggregate. With time in the period running out, and with players and spectators alike trying to catch their collective breath, Walker stepped in for his fourth goal of the night and send the teams to the dressing rooms with Pirates an unlikely 9-5 ahead, and 12-9 on aggregate.

With the home side looking good with a three goal aggregate cushion they seemed content to hold what they had in the final session, and Comets had most of the play without putting Russell under great pressure in the early part of the period. However, with less than six minutes remaining, the roof fell in on the home side as while on the powerplay they were caught on the hop as McLuskey broke and sent in a shot which appeared to squeeze beneath Russell, and the aggregate lead was down to two. Worse was to follow, as Dundee repeated the shorthanded move two minutes later and this time it was Dolan squeezing the puck past Russell to cut the lead to two on the night and one on aggregate. Nerves clearly showing on the ice and in the stands and Comets continued to have the momentum, and there were under 90 seconds remaining when McGiffen tied the aggregate scoreb at 12-12 to take the game into penalty shots.

Dundee scored with their first penalty, while Walker’s shot for Pirates was parried by Michie to put his side ahead. Edmunds put the visitors ahead at 2-0 in the shoot out, but Divok pulled it back to 2-1. Russell knocked away Dolan’s third penalty, but with Henderson needing to score for the home side to take it into sudden death, his shot was saved by Michie and Pirates were out in a game where they had comfortable advantages at several junctures on the night, but just couldn’t put the Comets away.

Player/coach Adam Walker admitted to being “bitterly disappointed” after the game. He said, “We did enough to win the tie but we didn’t close it out. We will take a lot from the game and while we’re happy to score nine goals we can’t expect to go far when we concede eight.”

Pirates now face another tough home game on Saturday when they go head to head with unbeaten Murrayfield Racers at Braehead Braehead (face off 6.30pm).

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Paisley Pirates face another in a series of tough tests this coming Saturday at Braehead Arena as they take on the high flying Murrayfield Racers who are so far unbeaten in the Scottish National League, but it’s a challenge which Head Coach Ian Turley is looking forward to.

“We’re coming off the back of a disappointing cup tie against Dundee Comets where we won the home leg but lost the tie on penalty shots,” he said. “Maybe it was a little lack of experience which we lacked, but we’ve had three very tight games in recent weeks, two against the Comets, and one against the Racers a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve shown we can compete with these teams. We scored 9 goals against the Comets which suggests that offensively we’re ok, but I’m expecting another tough game against the Racers. It was a 4-3 loss to them when we played them in Edinburgh in what was a good game in front of a good crowd so we’re hoping that the Racers’ fans will maybe travel in numbers to see what should be another good advert for the SNL. If you compare where we were at the start of the season to where we are now the difference on our play is a significant one and it’s showing in our performances.”

“If we stick to what we need to do for the entire 60 minutes I believe we will be ok and I’m certainly expecting fans to get full value for their admission fee as they did last weekend.

Murrayfield have a top line up featuring a number of players with Elite League experience, such as one time Edinburgh Capitals [layer/coach Martin Cingel, and it’s sure to be another cracker in a match which faces off on SATURDAY at 6.30pm.

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Paisley Pirates take a break from league action this weekend, but the task facing them could
hardly be more difficult, as they travel to Dundee this Sunday to take on the local Comets in
the first round (first leg) of the Scottish Cup, a competition which has seen the two clubs
meet in the final in the past two seasons, the Tayside club coming out as victors on both
occasions.

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Pirates lost narrowly by four goals to three against highly fancied Murrayfield Racers last
Sunday in Edinburgh, and will need to put in a similar level of performance if they hope to
overcome a Comets side who beat them heavily in the league at Braehead Arena earlier in
the season, their only home reverse to date.
Head Coach Ian Turley commented, “We enter different territory this weekend with Scottish
Cup action to look forward to, and with the tie being over two legs a lot can happen during
the six periods which will be played. I guess this tie is a bit special in that both teams have
met in the final in the past two seasons, but only one team can make it through this time
around.”
The tie will take place at Dundee Ice Arena, facing off at 7.30pm, whole the second leg will
go ahead at Braehead Arena the following Sunday, 20 January, with a 5.00pm start, and
Pirates will be looking to bring the tie back to Renfrewshire with everything still to play for.

 

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Pirates travelled to Edinburgh missing several key players but nevertheless contributed fully
to a thriller, before eventually going down by the odd goal in seven to a Racers side laden
with players with Elite League experience..
The home side got off to the better start and were a goal ahead before the five minute mark
as Gautschi netted short handed. Pirates recovered from this setback and were level after
their next powerplay opportunity two minutes later as Abercrombie combined with Guy to
beat McGill and score against his former side. With chances coming up at both ends it was
the hosts who went ahead after thirteen minutes and it was Gautschi again, with his second
goal of the night, who beat Russell to put Racers ahead on the powerplay. With no further
scoring in the session the sides headed for the dressing rooms with Murrayfield holding a
narrow 2-1 advantage after a tight 20 minutes.
Play continued as before in the middle period and while Racers had the early pressure, it
was in fact Pirates who equalised in the 26 th minute with an unassisted goal from Mikey
Dobson. This time Racers came back strongly and took the lead for the third time four
minutes later through Boyd. Once again, both sides had opportunities to alter the scoreline,
but with the respective goals remining intact, Racers hung on to their narrow one goal
advantage to lead at 3-2.
Pirates came out for the final session looking for a third equaliser and they got it with less
than two minutes on the clock, as Abercrombie combined with Guy once more for the former
Racer to net his second of the night and tie the scores at 3-3. The game continued to ebb
and flow at both ends of the ice, but just before the halfway point in the period it was that
man Gautschi who completed his hat trick with what proved to be the game winning goal,
breaking the hearts of the visitors who had put in a sterling performance, only to come away
with nothing at the end of the day.

Pirates will be pleased with their gutsy performance, if not the final outcome, and will be
looking to carry that form into this Saturday’s Scottish Cup first round, first leg tie away to
Dundee Comets in a repeat of last year’s final. The match faces off at 7.30pm, with the
second leg taking place at Braehead Arena on Sunday, 20 January (face off 5.00pm).

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Paisley Pirates rounded off the first half of their season with a tense 4-2 win in their final game before the Christmas break.

They got off to the best possible start in the second minute when, on the powerplay, defender Euan McLaughlin broke forward to take a pass from Ryan Sarginson and fired an unstoppable shot past Beveridge in the visitors’ goal to give his side the lead. It got even better for the home team as just over a minute later, Henderson latched on to the puck, assisted by Divok, to double their lead and give the hosts a handy advantage.

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Wild came more into the game after their early double shock and, while they had more of the play, they were reliant on Beveridge to keep them in the game and he did so with a string of fine saves. Pirates did have the puck in the net after 17 minutes, but the “goal” was wiped out as there was an attacker in Beveridge’s area.

The visitors came out firing in the second session and were back in the game within 70 seconds. They took advantage of a powerplay opportunity through ex-Pirate Scott Cowan who scored a wraparound goal to pull the deficit back to one, and for the next few minutes a tension crept into the game before Walker fired a top shelf effort beyond Beveridge to restore the two goal advantage at 3-1. However, with Wild again on the powerplay within seconds it was that man Cowan once more who pulled the score back to a one goal difference, and the Wild player/coach wasn’t slow to show his delight at netting a second marker. The match was now ebbing and flowing at either end and within four minutes Henderson had scored his own second, and his team’s fourth goal, to stretch the scoreline to 4-2, and with no further scoring in the session Pirates saw out the period in somewhat nervy fashion.

While Pirates had the best of the openings in the final session, they just couldn’t put the Wild away, in spite of having several gilt edged chances to score the killer fifth goal, and the visitors came close on several occasions to pulling the scoreline back once again, with the tension mounting as the period progressed. With the match proceeding into the final ten minutes, Pirates fell foul of referee Emerson on three occasions, and they had to withstand periods of sustained pressure as they defended powerplays, the last one being almost a minute of playing off a five on three disadvantage, with the home fans holding their collective breath as play edged towards the final buzzer, a sound which was greeted with some relief.

Head Coach Ian Turley said after the game, “ Despite having a number of players unavailable through injury and illness I thought we started really well. I felt it was a game we were always in control of and we really should have been more clinical in front of the net as we created a number of high scoring chances but couldn’t execute them. Overall we are happy with the two points and have set ourselves up going into January when we will face quality opposition in the Racers.”

Pirates now have a two week festive break before their next match, a trip to Edinburgh to take on Murrayfield Racers on Sunday 6 January.