Pirates are through to the Play Off Finals in Fife, after recovering from a 1 goal deficit in Elgin on Saturday 31st March in the 1st leg of the quarter finals.  Pirates 2ndleg ‘HOME’ game the following day was played in Dundee due to an ice plant failure in the Braehead Arena.

Paisley Pirates defeat the Moray Typhoons 12-1 (13-3 on aggregate) in the 2nd “home” leg of the play off quarter finals and progress to the POFW. The game was played at Dundee Ice Arena due to ice plant problems at Braehead. on 1 April , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Pirates defeated the Typhoons 12-1 (13-1 on aggregate) and now face Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday 7th April in the semi final at 7.30pm

Post match interviews from Pirates v Moray Typhoons Sunday 1st April  2018, courtesy of George M Monaghan

 

Pirates are through to the SC Final after recovering from a 4 goal deficit in Aberdeen, to run out 9-7 aggregate winners in the Semi Final against Aberdeen Lynx

(image by Al Goold Photos)

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Post match interviews from Pirates v Aberdeen Lynx 24th March 2018, courtesy of George M Monaghan

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All Scottish National League Ice Hockey matches have been called off because of prevailing weather conditions, including Pirates’ trip to Dundee Comets tomorrow and their home tie against Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Sunday.

Pirates continued their recent impressive run of results to clock up a 4-1 success in Dundee and, in doing so, kept the pressure on the two teams immediately above them in the SNL table.

They were ahead on the powerplay in the 9th minute as Thorp was on hand to link with Spiers and beat Kynoch to put the visitors ahead with the go ahead goal. Pirates were outshooting the home side by two to one in the opening session but were unable to find a way through thereafter, but nevertheless headed for the dressing rooms as the end of the first 20 minutes nursing a 1-0 advantage.

 

In the middle session, Pirates doubled their advantage in the 26th minute as Thorp fed off Crute to make it 2-0 and give his side some breathing space. The home side came more into the game, but found Russell in excellent form, turning away twelve shots in the period to allow his team the luxury of a two goal lead after 40 minutes

 

With the game still up for grabs, Pirates came out for the final session looking to kill off the challenge from the Tigers, and they did so with a quick fire double as first Marc Crute, then Martyn Guy, scored within the first six minutes of the period to take the game well away from the hosts at 4-0. The latter did come back just after the halfway point in the stanza as Guilcher put the Tigers on the board as he beat Russell for a marker while on one of only two powerplays given up by the visitors in a well–disciplined display, and they safely saw out the remaining minutes to return home with the two league points.

 

Pirates now face a challenging weekend, travelling back to Dundee on Saturday for their match against the Comets, who currently top the SNL table, and then play host to Kirkcaldy Kestrels, lying in second place, on Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm).

Pirates recorded another big win as they eventually overcame North Ayr with ease after a few uncomfortable moments early on.

They were on the board in just over a minute as Bain was first to reach a rebound to flick the puck behind Beveridge, to give his side the lead. In spite of having the bulk of the pressure, however, Pirates were level in the 9th minute as the visitors pounced on a loose puck in their own zone to break away at speed and net through Davidson to give a scoreline which did not reflect the run of play. However, the home side continued to dominate in a somewhat scrappy affair and in the 16th minute as a bullet from Walker at the blue line flew beyond Beveridge into the top corner, restoring a lead which they never lost. Their superiority was reinforced within 30 seconds as Crute made it 3-1 going to the break, a lead which was perhaps more fitting with the run of the puck in the first stanza.

 

Crute continued where he had left off with a simple tap in on the resumption of play, and with the puck tending to head in the direction of the North Ayr goal, Henderson took his team’s tally to five four minutes later. Pirates were then obliged to play off several minor penalties which disrupted their momentum a little, but a quickfire double from Bain, netting his second, and Dobson within a minute at the latter end of the period was enough to take the game to 7-1, and even a late counter on the powerplay by Coubrough seconds before the end of the session was merely a consolation for the visitors.

 

With the destiny of the points already decided, Pirates continued to press in the final session, with Donaghy replacing Meechan in the home goal and Crute duly completed a treble in the 43rd minute. In spite of numerous chances Pirates were unable to cash in on their play until well into the latter stages when, ironically in the midst of playing off a double minor, they contrived to score THREE shorthanded goals in under two minutes as Thorp’s marker, and a double from Dobson, completing his hat trick in the process, took the final tally to eleven.

 

Pirates continue to rack up the goals, and the league points, and now look forward to the first of two trips in a week to Tayside as they take on the Tigers next Sunday.

Paisley Pirates’ Head Coach Ian Turley declared “business as usual” following his team’s 11-1 win over Moray Typhoons, the two points from which resulted in his side leap frogging Aberdeen Lynx and move up to third place in the Scottish National League

“We scored another win, and that helps build up momentum, but at this time it’s critical that we keep our sensible hats on and continue doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I know some people are looking at the league table and saying “well, if they do this, and we do that, then this could happen,” but I can honestly say that is not the focus of attention for Adam Walker and myself, nor has it been, since the season commenced in September.”

 

“We said away back then that this year would be about performances, and that’s exactly how it’s been in training and games. With good performances you will normally get the rewards you deserve, play badly and you don’t. Conversely, we got away with two below par performances a few weeks ago against this Sunday’s opponents, North Ayrshire Wild, and that’s not to take away from the good display they put on, we just didn’t play to our standards.”

 

He continued, “Wild will be looking at their own performance in the second leg of that tie and thinking “we could cause an upset here” if the same conditions prevail, so it’s up to us to go out and prove we can play very well and put on a show for our supporters. We had a group in from a local Paisley cubs section in Paisley for the Moray game and they certainly made a lot of noise, and we’re still taking group bookings via paisleypirates@gmail.com if local leaders want to give their youth groups a good night out for not a lot of money. We’ve got quite a few games still to play at home this year so there’s still time if you want to get in touch with us and come along to support their local team, and see some of the very best local talent available on Sunday nights.”

 

Sunday’s match faces off at the usual time of 6.00pm

Pirates took a while to find their form and finally build up a substantial lead to take with them to Auchenharvie Leisure Centre next Saturday for the second leg of their Scottish Cup Quarter final.

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In the first session the home side were finding it difficult to link their play as passes went astray and the normal fluency displayed in earlier home games was clearly missing. Indeed, their only goal of the period came through one of the rare times when their link up play came together, as Dobson rounded off a movement with team mates McGlaughlin and Sarginson to open the scoring.

 

Pirates continued to misplace passes in the middle session and were unable to convert a substantial period of 5 on 3 from the 27th minute into goals, but at the halfway point the tension was eased as Bain tipped in a shot from Hamilton to double the lead. It was Pirates’ turn to defend a 2 player disadvantage shortly thereafter and they did so with some fine saves from Meechan, outstanding defence coupled with no little luck, and an upright which saved the day with Meechan beaten They did, however, get another powerplay opportunity with three minutes of the session remaining and this time Dobson was on hand to poke home his second, and his side’s third, to give the scoreline a slightly more respectable look on the second buzzer.

 

The home side came out with a vengeance in the final session and within two minutes had added a fourth as Crute took a rebound to fire into an empty net. In spite of having most of the play, however, it wasn’t until the middle of the session that Bain netted number five, with McLaughlin then firing past an unsighted McGonigle within 30 seconds for the sixth goal. Pirates sensed blood now and got a shorthanded seventh as Thorp was first to a rebound to push home, and with under five minutes to go Dobson rounded off the scoring with a hat trick goal against his former side to make it 8-0 on the night, a scoreline that looked unlikely after the first, and maybe even the second, interval.

 

The two teams meet again in the second leg next Saturday, with Pirates looking to ease themselves into the Cup semifinal for the third successive season.

Paisley Pirates head for the Ayrshire coast this Saturday as they look to progress to the semi final of the Scottish Cup for a third successive season. They take with them an 8 goal advantage after a big win over North Ayrshire Wild last Sunday at Braehead Arena, but coach Ian Turley is taking nothing for granted.

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He said, “We’ve gone into every game with the same level of preparation and in that respect nothing will change for this weekend. It’s a very dangerous path to go down when you take your opponents for granted and it’s not something we’ve done at any time during my tenure here, so it will be the same for this game.”

 

“We really didn’t play to the standards set and expectations required to play for the club on Sunday night and we simply cannot afford to take them lightly for the return leg. It’s too easy to write off teams when you have a sizeable lead and then find yourself several goals behind, they’re then flying with all the momentum and you’re on the back foot, so as far as we’re concerned we start at 0-0 on Saturday and perform to a higher standard than we did on Sunday.”

 

“We’ll be taking a good travelling support for the game at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre and we won’t just turn up with the intention of going through the motions as we couldn’t possibly let them down like that. I know a lot of supporters battled through the weather on Sunday just to make sure they got to the game, with some leaving hours before the scheduled start, as buses and taxis went off the road, and we simply can’t let down support like that with an under par performance. Some of the supporters came to watch us on Sunday without knowing if or when they were going to get home and I fully intend that we repay that loyalty and support with a good display on the ice.”

 

“We will be looking for the players to put in the kind of performance which has been a feature of our play this season. We’ve been working on various aspects of our play in training and I think that attention to detail has been reflected in our general level of play on the ice.”

 

Face off on Sunday is at 6.30pm.

Paisley Pirates fans rose to the occasion over the festive period as they donated a number of bags of new woollen articles such as hats and scarves to help make Christmas a little bit easier for a number of folk, and bring a little bit of cheer to what might otherwise have been a fairly bleak few weeks for them.

 

Marie Cadenhead, chairwoman of the Supporters Club, explained, “We were in conversation with Susan Niven from the Paisley Citadel just before Christmas, and what we did was put out an appeal to supporters to donate new woollen items to our collection which would take place during our match against Dundee Comets, our last match before the big day, on 17 December.”

 

“As usual, Pirates fans responded in numbers, to the extent that we were able to fill a number of bags with various winter woollens, which Susan, with our assistance, collected on the night, and these, in turn were distributed by the Salvation Army’s Glasgow pastors for distribution to needy individuals and families in the area over the festive period. It says a lot for our supporters that they were able to respond so quickly, and in such numbers, to the most worthy of good causes, and I know the Salvation Army is very grateful for the generosity shown by the supporters. Considering we didn’t really give them an awful lot of time, the response was pretty amazing and it just goes to show how people will happily donate to worthwhile causes when they’re asked.”

Paisley Pirates received a welcome boost at the end of the old year as netminder Graeme
Meechan was called up by the Elite League side Edinburgh Capitals to provide cover for
them when they took on the Belfast Giants on the last Friday of 2017.


“It’s not uncommon for an Elite League side to look for cover if one of their regular
netminders picks up a knock, or takes ill, or, in fact is going to miss out on a match for any
reason at all,” said Head Coach Ian Turley. “In this instance, as we always are, we were
delighted to help out a fellow Scottish club and the Caps were extremely grateful to both
ourselves and Graeme for getting them out a tight spot. We’ve already done the same favour
for the Braehead Clan this year when we allowed them to borrow John Russell, another of
our netminders, when they were shorthanded.”

He continued, “It’s great experience for our boys to get this kind of exposure at the top level
of the sport, whether or not they actually get to ice, and it’s another boost for all of the
players at the club to see team mates getting the call. We may be a younger side this year,
but our guys all have ambition to play at the highest level possible and a wee boost like this
does them absolutely no harm at all. I can’t actually imagine any such request for a Pirates’
player being turned away, as we’re all about developing the natural talent that these guys
have so a chance for them to see first hand what it’s about at a higher level is one that we’d
always want them to take.”

“Graeme has only been with the squad for a couple of seasons and his progress has been
remarkable, coming from a position where he was a raw teenager and understudy, to being
an established netminder and recognised as one of the best in the league. We’re very lucky
to have two goalies of the quality of Graeme and John at the club, not to mention young
Callum Donaghy, and the fact that that the Elite League teams have also noticed the talent
we have in that position only illustrates that fact.”