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Pirates ended their miserable start to the New Year in emphatic style as they put the Lynx to the swords with an emphatic 8-2 road win.

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The visitors began with Donaghy between the pipes, but minus Turley and Andreucci who were both suspended. Play was relatively even in the early stages, but with the line including Walker and Abercrombie causing the hosts considerable discomfort the two of them combined well in the 14th minute to allow the former to put the visitors ahead with the only goal of the .period. 

Pirates opened up in the middle session and netted on no fewer than five occasions without reply. Two powerplay goals in ninety seconds around the 27th minute though Abercrombie and Walker took the lead to a comfortable 3-0 advantage, before a three goals in two minutes burst from the 33rd minute took the game away from the hosts completely to give the visitors an unlikely 6-0 lead after 40 minutes, Abercrombie completing his hat trick before Jay Crawford netted a rare strike after 35 minutes.

The somewhat shell shocked hosts finally broke their duck on the powerplay in 44 minutes through Malcolm, but Thorp netted within a minute to restore the six goal cushion. Man of the Match Walker completed his hat trick a minute later, and while there was some excitement after 49 minutes which saw the MacEachran brothers take their leave of the game for Lynx, and Jay Crawford and Wallace take extended breaks for Pirates after a fracas, Lynx had the minor consolation of scoring the final goal of the match through Jack after 55 minutes.

Pirates will be well pleased with getting a win on the board, their first in a month, and now look forward to welcoming the Belfast Giants SNL team to Braehead Arena next Saturday, face off 6.30pm.

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Pirates coasted to a comfortable win against their near neighbours in their final match of 2019, but only after they got over a sluggish start.

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They were ahead after only three minutes as Thorp fired past Anderson in the visitors’ goal, but had to wait until the 17th minute to get their second through Conor Duncan after a period of misplaced passes and inspired goal tending by the Thunder stopper.

In the middle session, Pirates finally began to show some rhythm and scored five times in 9 minutes as Spiers in particular was finding plenty of room down the left flank and assisted on no fewer of three of the goals, Duncan completing his het trick while Thorp and Kenneth also got in the act, taking the score to 7-0 by the second break, and putting a more realistic look onto the board.

David Paul took over from Anderson between the pipes for the visitors at the start of the third session, but with Donaghy a virtual spectator in the other goal, the traffic continued to flow towards the Killie end. Spiers scored the eighth with a thunderbolt from the blue line after 45 minutes, and further goals from Andreucci, Duncan with his fourth of the night, and finally skipper Chris Turley took the final tally to eleven. A shots on goal total of 73-8 tells the story of the night.

After the game, player/coach Adam Walker said, “We started a bit slowly but I thought that overall the performance was better and we could maybe have scored a few more.”

Pirates next home game is on Saturday 4 January when they are first footed by Dundee Comets (face off 6.30pm)

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Paisley Pirates take a break from league action this weekend as they playback to back Scottish Cup ties against Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday and Sunday. They are away to the Fife side in the first leg, before returning to Braehead Arena for the second and deciding leg 24 hours later (face off 4.30pm).

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The club has faced a difficult time in recent weeks and will be hoping that a change of competition will see them return to something  like their best form. Player/coach Adam Walker commented, “Kestrels have improved since we last played them and they had a good result in Aberdeen last Saturday, so we need to be ready to face them.” 

Pirates put up a gutsy performance last Sunday against the Solway Sharks, and will be hoping that two similar displays over both nights will allow them to progress to the next stage of the competition. After a few average home displays in recent weeks, the last few home games have shown some signs of better things returning, and they will be hoping to see more improvement at the weekend.

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Pirates suffered the massive disappointment of losing in overtime after a thriller of a game had finished 4-4 in the regulation sixty minutes.

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In a tight opening session, neither side was able to find their way to the net, although the home side came closest to doing so as they twice struck the post in the space of thirty seconds, thus resulting in a blank scoreline at the end of twenty minutes.

The second period began with a bang, as Pirates took the lead after only 26 seconds, Thorp bundling the puck over the line for the opener. Within four minutes it was 2-0, as Henderson and Thorp combined with Abercrombie to give the latter a straightforward job to beat Maliinson and double the advantage. Back came the Tigers, however, as first McLeod and then McIntosh pulled the visitors right back into the game at 2-2 by the second break, setting up a nail biter for the final twenty minutes.

Both teams set out for the go ahead goal in the final session but Pirates were continuing to incur the wrath of referee Elliott and were obliged to kill off a number of penalties as they had done throughout the game, which broke their momentum at crucial periods. They suffered a heavy blow after 44 minutes when player/coach Walker took no less than 14 minutes in penalties after querying a call made by the official, but they still managed to take the lead after 50 minutes as Blair smashed a shot beyond Mallinson for 3-2. Tigers were level again through a powerplay goal from Paul Henderson within two minutes, but half a minute later Pirates were in front again through Wallace. With 20 seconds to go Tigers pulled Mallinson for the extra skater and the move paid immediate dividends as Guilcher scored straight from a face off to tie the scores again.

With the match going into 3 on 3 sudden death overtime, Tigers got the crucial winner, after another disputed call, to send them home with the extra point.

Head Coach Ian Turley said after the game, “I very rarely comment on referees as they have a difficult job but tonight I felt we suffered from big calls which were either not made, or went against us. When you’re playing 3 on 3 and you don’t get a call for a clear penalty it can leave you out of position and that cost us dear tonight. I thought we played better than in the last few weeks and the crowd certainly made a difference as the noise level was noticeably louder.”

Pirates next home match is against Solway Sharks this Sunday at Braehead Arena, face off 4.30pm.

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Paisley Pirates are hoping to get the show back on the road this Sunday, as they welcome the Dundee Tigers to Braehead Arena after two successive under par performances. A surprise defeat to North Ayrshire Wild, followed by a heavy loss to Murrayfield Racers, both in the Stuart Robertson Cup competition, have left Pirates looking to avoid a third successive home defeat to the to the much improved Tigers, a sequence which the home side has managed to avoid at the Arena for a number of years, such has been the consistency of their performances in recent times .Player/coach Adam Walker has warned the players that they have to work much harder than they have done in the last few weeks if they hope to take anything against the Tigers, who recorded an excellent 3-3 draw against Kirkcaldy Kestrels at the weekend.

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The SNL match faces off at 4.30pm, during which time the Pirates Supporters Club will again be collecting new toys and taking donations for the Renfrewshire Toy Appeal. Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead commented, ”It’s a very worthwhile charity and once again it gives the Pirates a chance to support a local charity within the community. We got a very good response in the form of new toys and cash donations last year and we’re hoping that we get similar backing from our fans this year.” 

Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley also commented, “We’re getting to that time of year when clubs and organisations are looking for new ways to give their members a Christmas outing, and as usual we’re giving them the chance to bring their members to a game without breaking the bank in the process/ We’ve got a number of home games running up to around the middle of December so there’s a great chance for clubs to cash in on the offer by simply emailing us at paisleypirates@gmail.org.”

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Pirates suffered one of their heaviest home defeats in recent years as they crashed 12-1 to a strong visiting side who ruthlessly took them apart in a one sided game at Braehead Arena on Sunday night.

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The home side actually took the lead through Conor Duncan in the 7th minute and while the visitors scored almost from the resulting face off, and then added a late goal to go in at the break 2-1 ahead, Pirates had essentially matched the Edinburgh side for the first twenty minutes, to leave the large crowd with an expectation of more to follow in the later stages.

However, that hope came to nothing, as Racers came out for the middle session and effectively took the game away from Pirates with no fewer than FIVE unanswered goals in a miserable period for the home side, where they were unable to show any of the vigour which had marked their play in the opening period. The third session became a repeat of the second session horror show, with the visitors again scoring five goals without reply, as Boyd and Ireland helped themselves to seven of the dozen goals conceded on a night which the home fans will want to forget in a hurry.

Player/coach Adam Walker said after the game,” We competed well in the first period but had nothing to offer for the last two sessions. We simply had nothing to offer and you can’t afford to do that against any team, far less one as strong as Murrayfield.. The team appears to be lacking confidence at the moment and we need to address that quickly.”

Pirates are back at Braehead Arena this Sunday when they play the rapidly improving Dundee Tigers in a match which faces off at 4.30pm.

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Paisley Pirates are back on home ice this SATURDAY in a mouth watering clash which sees them take on the high flying Murrayfield Racers in their final Stuart Robertson Cup match (face off 6.30pm). They will be looking to put on a show for their supporters after the disappointment of only managing a draw and a loss against North Ayrshire Wild last weekend in the same competition, and know that only a top performance will do against a side which beat them comfortably in the reverse fixture in Edinburgh a few weeks ago.

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Head Coach Ian Turley commented,” We can’t keep using the excuse of being behind other teams when it comes to time spent of the ice. It’s unacceptable to be 5-1 behind on your own ice in front of fans who have paid good money to come and watch you. Sure, we have a couple of injuries but that happens and we really need to decide on our identity this year as so far we’ve been way off the mark and that simply won’t do.”

Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley said, ”The Braehead Centre now in the run up to Christmas we’re hoping festive shoppers might take the opportunity to come along and treat themselves to watching two of Scotland’s top amateur ice hockey teams in action without breaking the bank in the process. With the match facing off at 6.30pm, it means they’ll still get home in plenty of time and we look forward to welcoming them along to the Braehead Arena for an early Christmas treat.”

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Pirates gave new netminder Danny Morris his competitive debut and it proved to be a successful one for him as the club recorded a fine victory over the Kestrels.

The visitors got off to a flying start and were ahead in under a minute as player/coach Adam Walker was on hand to net and give his side the lead after only 49 seconds. It got better for Pirates as with less than four minutes on the clock Guy linked up with Thorp to double the advantage as he fired beyond Simpson for 2-0. Back came the hosts to get on the board through Quinn in the 8th minute, and while both teams continued to press neither could alter the score board, and thus the opening 20 minutes ended with Pirates holding a slim 2-1 lead.

Pirates again came out flying and doubled their lead after only eleven seconds as former Kestrel Conor Duncan was on hand to score against his old side and stretch the lead to 3-1. The scoreline remained the same until the second half of the period, when a flurry of goals decided the match. The home side pulled a goal back through Wands in 31 minutes but a three goal in 90 seconds burst through Guy, Andreucci and Abercrombie took the score to a handy 6-2 lead for the visitors within two minutes and the match was effectively over as a contest.

Anderson did net a 3rd goal for the Kestrels in the early part of the final session, but Pirates remained comfortable at 6-3 and saw out the remaining minutes for a good win.

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PIRATES BEGIN HOME SCHEDULE

 

Paisley Pirates finally commence their home schedule this SATURDAY when they play host to Aberdeen Lynx, who scored a dramatic 4-3 penalty shot win at Dundee Tigers at the weekend. Pirates similarly recorded a win on the road, beating Kirkcaldy Kestrels 6-3 in Fife, after which player/coach Adam Walker commented, ”It was a good road win for the boys. There’s lots of work to be done yet, but we’re getting better every day.”

“We’re looking forward to playing in front of our own fans after a few weeks on the road,” said Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley. “Our matches with the Lynx are usually entertaining  affairs, so in a lot of respects they’re the ideal opponents to be first footing us come Saturday night, and we’re sure that returning fans and, indeed, new supporters, will get an excellent return for their £9.”

She went on, “It will give the fans who haven’t been able to travel their first chance to see our new look team in action, and they will be wearing their new look home strips too. The away tops seem to have taken a trick with our travelling fans, so we’re hoping the home strips will get a similar favourable response. A lot of the jerseys have already been individually sponsored by fans and local companies for only £60, and while we’re very happy with that reaction, other potential backers still have the chance to jump on board with our Jersey Sponsor scheme.”

 

The match on Saturday commences at 6.30pm.

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PIRATES HEAD EAST 

 

Paisley Pirates travel to Fife this Sunday evening where they take on Kirkcaldy Kestrels in a Scottish National League fixture (face off.6.15pm) Pirates will be looking to recover from a mauling by Solway Sharks, who beat them 14-3 last Sunday, after they had recorded a record 27-0 win at Kilmarnock the previous night.

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The Renfrewshire side will require to find their best form to take East with them, as the Rosslyn St rink is a traditionally hard place from which to come away with a win. In the corresponding fixture last season, they headed home with a creditable 5-5 draw, but after the disappointment of last weekend at Solway they will be looking to put a win on the board. The fixture marks an early return to the rink for brothers Conor and Jay Duncan, both signed from the Kestrels  before the start of the season, and who will be hopeful of making a successful return to their former regular base.

After their early diet of on the road ties, Pirates finally get a game on home ice next SATURDAY, when they come up against Aberdeen Lynx in a match which will face off at 6.30pm.