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Shorthanded Pirates pulled off a stunning 5-3 win against North Ayrshire Wild, the visitors’ bench being ravaged by injury to the extent that they could only ice 13 skaters, including several walking wounded, for this local derby.

The visitors were on the board in the 6th minute as Orr top shelved a shot beyond Galloway to put Pirates one up, but after they has played off a penalty called on Cowan for Hooking, the scores were tied after 12 minutes as Bain equalised in a first period where Pirates possibly had the better of the exchanges against a side desperate for the two points to clinch a place in the playoffs.



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Wild had the better of the early exchanges in the middle session, although Riddell missed a good opportunity for the Renfrewshire side after 25 minutes, and with the teams swopping penalties around the halfway point Pirates had Langford to thank for an outstanding save a minute later, before they took the lead after 36 minutes as McCamley smashed a low shot home to give his side the advantage again. Almost immediately, they were a player short, with Riddell going for Hooking, but within seconds Blair had broken away and deftly rounded Galloway to put his team two clear. The home side were still on the powerplay, however, and pulled one back in highly controversial circumstances as Langford appeared to have pulled off a tremendous save form Abercromby, but the goal judge flashed his light and a goal was awarded after considerable debate, with the goalie clearly gesticulating to the official that the puck had not crossed the line. Pirates were still recovering from that blow and 20 seconds later it was 3-3 as Maitland tied the scores. The visitors dredged on their reserves in what had been a tiring end to the session and Orr blasted home with only 6 seconds remaining to send his team in with a narrow 4-3 advantage.


Player/coach Ian Turley, who had reported ill for this match, but had played as an emergency defender because of player shortages, was unable to continue, leaving Pirates with only 3 recognised defenders for the final session, and they had to withstand some pressure from the hosts who remained desperate to keep their season going with a win. Gibson missed a great chance to equalise when going one on one with Langford only to miss the target, before Graham McCamley gave the visitors vital breathing space with a fifth goal in the 52nd minute. Pirates appeared to be under the cosh in the 53rd minute as Cowan, and then Chris Turley, were penalised within 4 seconds of each other, giving Wild a two man advantage for almost 2 frenetic minutes, but by a combination of last ditch defending, inspired netminding by Langford, and a fair slice of luck, their goal remained intact, and a very tired looking Pirates played out the remaining minutes to record a quire remarkable win.

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Ice hockey players have the reputation of being tough guys, and Paisley Pirates’ defender Chris Turley certainly lived up to that image last weekend.

In the course of his team’s match against Moray Typhoons in the Scottish National League on Sunday, Chris took a challenge from an opponent, and immediately knew what had happened. “I’ve been playing ice hockey for a long time now, ever since I was a kid, picking up a few injuries along the way, and had dislocated my shoulder before. I realised it had come out again, and needed to get it sorted right away.”

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His brother, and team coach, Ian Turley, told him he’d need to sit out the rest of the game because of the injury but tough guy Chris decided that dislocation or no dislocation, he was seeing out the rest of the game.

Drawing on the example set by Mel Gibson in the “Lethal Weapon” series of films, he set about remedying the situation by knocking his shoulder back into place without the aid of an anaesthetic and, problem sorted, went back out to help his team to an 11-1 win.

“He’s my brother, so I know better than anyone how daft he can be,” commented coach Ian Turley“, but it just goes to show how much our guys will go through to play for the Pirates, and he does it for the love of the game.

He’s been our rock a number of times with last minute challenges and important goals, although I think he took the comparison a bit far this time! I don’t know how many players could do what he did, but he’s a very important player for us, and Sunday just showed the level of commitment which he, and indeed the rest of the squad, give to this club every time they go out to represent the Paisley Pirates. It’s that kind of attitude which shows just how special this club is, and what it means to team members to play for it.”

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Pirates cantered to an easy win by crushing Moray Typhoons 11-1 in their final home match of the regular season, notching their seventh consecutive league win in the process.

The home side were on the board in only 46 seconds as Blair top shelved a shot past MacColla in the visitors’ goal, and the goalie was picking the puck out the net again less than a minute later as Riddell finished off a move with Cowan and Guy to double the advantage with under two minutes on the clock. On the five minute mark it was three as Stuart Miller was on hand to net the first of a treble, and perhaps the only real surprise of the period was that there were only nine seconds left in the period before McCamley added to the tally with a shorthanded effort, his team heading for the dressing room already four goals to the good.


The middle session saw Pirates again beat a regular path towards the Moray goal, with Miller notching his second, and the hosts’ fifth, in the 28th minute on the powerplay, before Campbell scored a beauty six minutes later, taking a through pass from Churchill to round MacColla and tap into the empty net for number six. That ended the scoring for the period, with the home side disappearing into the distance at 6-0.

Typhoons briefly saw a shaft of light in the 43rd minute as Durkacz skated through the Pirates defence before drawing Langford to net his side’s only goal of the night, but normal service was resumed at the halfway point as Miller completed his hat trick by tipping in a Chris Turley thunderbolt to make it seven. Again Pirates appeared to take their foot off the gas briefly, but they finished with a flourish, netting no fewer than four times as Riddell, Churchill, Campbell and Cowan all found the target to complete their biggest win of the season.

Pirates finish their regular season with an away tie at North Ayr this coming Saturday, before travelling to Edinburgh for their final league match of the season on 8 March, before entering the playoff stage of the season, and will be hoping that several key players missing in the win against Moray will be available by that time.

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Paisley Pirates return to Scottish National Ice Hockey League action this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm) after an absence of 5 weeks, when they will lock horns with local rivals Kilmarnock Storm.

“Yes, it seems like ages since we were on home ice, when we beat North Ayrshire Wild 9-2 just before Christmas, so it’s nice to be able to look forward to getting back onto it in front of our own supporters, and the fact that it’s going to be a local derby against the Storm just makes it a lot tastier. They would love to put one over on us, just as much as we want the two points which will keep us bang on track for a playoff place now that we’re into the business end of the season.”


“We’ve only three home league games left before the start of the playoffs, and a few very tricky road trips, so it’s absolutely imperative that we continue the good form we’ve been showing since the beginning of December and keep the momentum going. It’s not always the team which finished top of the SNL which wins the playoffs, as we found out to our cost 2 years ago when we won the league, but lost out in the final to Dundee Tigers, who had only finished 5th or 6th over the season, but who had gone on a great run towards the end of the season and kept that momentum going all the way through the final stages. That’s a model we’d dearly love to draw upon this year. We haven’t quite given up on finishing top of the pile yet, although it will take a few results to go in our favour for that to happen, so keeping good habits going is very important right now, as it establishes confidence, and that’s everything. For a team with as much firepower as we’re showing just now, with 31 goals in our last 4 games, that can make the difference between having a good season, and having a memorable one!”

“I never tire of reminding folk that for a maximum of £7, the price of adult admission with reduced tariffs for all other spectators, we reckon to offer the best value in entertainment in the area bar none, so we’re hoping folk come out in force to cheer us on this Sunday. It really does make a difference to have a big crowd behind you, and the attendance at the North Ayrshire game was easily our best of the season, so here’s hoping they’ll turn out to support their very own, and local, ice hockey team!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley Pirates return to action at the Braehead Arena this Sunday when they take on North Ayrshire Wild in their final SNL match of 2014 (face off 6.00pm).

After several disappointing results in November, Pirates have returned to form in December with two big away wins, beating Kilmarnock Storm 9-3 and then shutting out Moray Typhoons 5-0 on successive weekends.


“Yes, it’s been reassuring to see the boys return to something like their potential in the last couple of games,” explained coach Ian Turley. “We seemed to have lost our cutting edge last month so I changed the lines around in order to get us firing again, and I suppose I can’t be too disappointed with 14 goals in two games. Having said that, I thought we could and should have score more at Elgin, but some victories give you more satisfaction than others, and the 5-0 whitewash certainly falls into that category.”

He went on, “We’ve got another hard nut to crack this weekend when we take on the Wild at Braehead. Last season, they turned us over twice and I seem to remember them advertising themselves as the best team in the West of Scotland. Well, we tend to do our talking on the ice, so we won’t be making any rash predictions or claims. As it’s a local derby, there will be enough spice in the clash, and we’ll be trying hard to ensure that there won’t be any such comments coming out of any rink in these parts!”

“We’re also putting on a bit of a show for our punters on Sunday, hopefully not just during the game, but during the break and after the game. We’re not giving too much away about the interval attraction other than to say there will be a chance to see a little junior ice hockey again, while at the end of the game we have a big presentation. We know already that there’s going to be a bigger crowd than usual, and our crowds have already shown an upward trend this season, so the advice is to come early and avoid disappointment. We’ve got a lot of entertainment to fit into two and a half hours on Sunday, and it’s still only £7 for adults to get in, so Christmas will once again be coming early to supporters of the Paisley Pirates! Be there!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pirates headed north on League business to Elgin only three weeks after a highly controversial Scottish Cup tie which had seen the outcome subject to an appeal by the Paisley side.

On this occasion, they wasted no time and were ahead in under three minutes as Stuart Miller opened the scoring after lead up play from Wilson and Orr. The same line contributed to a doubling of this lead with just over six minutes on the clock, Orr this time getting the goal with assists from Wilson and Quinn to give the visitors a handy cushion early on in the game.


As in the last match, Pirates were outplaying the home side but in spite of outshooting the home side by two to one they had to wait until the 14th minute for the 3rd goal to arrive, defender Colin McMIllan scoring his first goal of the season with assistance from Michael Chubb, the latter back after suspension after taking an early bath following his ejection during his last visit to Elgin. The visitors weren’t finished, however, and Miller scored his second, and his team’s fourth, unassisted with just under three minutes of the period remaining to give the scoreline a realistic look at the first interval, the visitors holding a commanding 4-0 advantage.

In the second period, Pirates continued to push forward, but with the home side also trying to come into the game a little more, both netminders were called into action on a number of occasions and were equal to the shots coming their way. Pirates also had the inconvenience of being called on minor penalties on a number of occasions, but these breaks in momentum failed to halt their push for another goal, and with teenage netminder Graeme Meechan equal to the task, at the other end they got a 5th goal seconds before the end of the session as this time Cowan fed McCamley and the forward wasted no time in bulging the net for an insurance marker.

In the final session, Pirates again had to play off a number of minor penalties, but with the outcome of the game already decided, they contented themselves with a five goal win, and, at the same time, give netminder Meechan his first senior shut out.

Coach Ian Turley will be pleased by the fact that his re-vamped forward lines have now scored 14 times in their last two games after a spell when they were misfiring badly and, in fact, they should have had more in this match, recording a total of 69 shots on target. He will be equally happy that his defensive formations also worked well in this game, giving the side confidence in advance of their final game of the year, at home against North Ayrshire Wild, this coming Sunday at the Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm).


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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pirates slipped to their third consecutive defeat as they went down to the visitors who were more adept at taking the chances which came their way in the course of the evening.


The home side opened brightly but Lynx proved to be dangerous on the break and they were ahead as early as the 6th minute as Johnson opened the scoring for the men from the North. That lead was doubled five minutes later, this time a shot from Laing appearing to take a deflection, which was enough to see the puck nestle behind Meechan in the Pirates’ goal. The home side responded immediately, however, and were back in the game only twelve seconds later as McCamley finished off a move with Orr and Conaboy to pull the scoreline back to 2-1. In spite of mounting a series of attacks on the Lynx goal, the visitors in general, and netminder Kynoch in particular, appeared comfortable in fending them off, and in turn continued to look dangerous when they broke forward, and the period finished without further scoring.

The middle session showed a similar pattern to the first, with Pirates coming forward at every opportunity, but the visitors did in fact pass up two gilt edged one on one chances during the period, neither finishing shot actually finding the target. Worryingly for the home side, Aberdeen did in fact look the likelier side to score, but in spite of a few narrow squeaks the period ended with the score remaining as it was at the beginning of it.

With Pirates needing a quick strike to get back on level terms, a goal did arrive, but at the other end, as a slapshot from McEachran after 44 minutes doubled the visitors’ advantage. Once again the home side pushed forward, but their attacks lacked the vital cutting to defeat Kynoch, and with time running out for Pirates, coach Ian Turley pulled his netminder Meechan when his side were awarded a powerplay, to give his side 6 skaters to 4. However, in keeping with the overall events of the evening, Pirates’ attacks eventually fizzled out, and Leydon for the Lynx was able to break away and score a shorthanded empty net effort to finish off a very disappointing night for the home team, the scoreline reading 4-1 to Aberdeen after 60 minutes.

Pirates will be greatly disturbed by another sub standard performance which has seen the high hopes of only a month ago come down to earth with a bump. Their much vaunted attacking force is clearly misfiring at the moment, and they travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday looking to break a run which has seen them dismissed from the Scottish Cup, in addition to suffering two disappointing home defeats on the bounce.


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(Typhoons win on Golden Goal)

In a night of sheer mayhem approaching pantomime farce, Pirates maintained their dismal record of failing to win a Scottish Cup tie in almost 9 years, as they fell 4-3 to Moray Typhoons in a match which chalked up almost 200 minutes in penalties.


The visitors were behind in the 5th minute as Durkacz opened the scoring for the hosts, and with penalties being liberally handed out by referee Young from just after the opening marker, both teams had difficulty in retaining five skaters and the hosts doubled their lead just after the halfway point in the period as Russell netted a second for Typhoons during the chaos. Pirates came back and reduced the deficit four minutes later as McCamley got on the end of a move with Cowan and Wilson to put his team onto the board and they headed for the dressing room 2-1 behind.

The Renfrewshire side were level only three minutes into the middle session as Conaboy fired home on the powerplay, but their equal status lasted barely 90 seconds as the home team were ahead again through Munro. While there were no more goals during the period, the penalties continued to flow with the referee unable to keep control of a game in which a number of illegal challenges went unpenalised.

Pirates had a goal chalked off by the referee who, having first awarded the goal and then prepared to drop the puck for the re-start, then changed his mind and after an argument with the goal judge, who found himself summarily dismissed from the action thereafter by the official, chalked it off. In spite of playing with a numerical disadvantage for much of the period, as in fact they had done for most of the match, they continued to push forward and were finally rewarded with an equaliser less than 3 minutes from the end of regulation time, as Wilson grabbed the lifeline to tie the scores before the end.

However, in spite of the rules clearly stating that a drawn cup tie should be resolved by immediate progression to penalty shots, the referee ordered overtime. Pirates should have been awarded a penalty shot when Moray were called for having too many men on the ice during the final session, but once again the official ignored the rule book and the home side scored after almost five minutes of further mayhem, penalties, and utter confusion, to be declared the winners.

Pirates have filed an official complaint regarding the events of the night and, as yet, await an outcome. They return to Elgin on 13 December on league business.

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley was still angry and frustrated after a weekend which saw his side slip out of the Scottish Cup after a shambolic and highly controversial evening at Elgin, his side going down 4-3 in overtime, courtesy of a golden goal awarded to the home side.

“This is going to sound like sour grapes even before I say it, but there comes a point where the level of refereeing gets so low that player safety is put at risk, and there were a number of occasions on Saturday night where I seriously wondered whether I should be pulling the players off the ice” he raged. “I know referees have a difficult job to do, but I have a responsibility to look after the players’ safety, and on Saturday night the level of incompetence displayed by the referee was such that I was close to pulling the players off during the game, and risking the very severe consequences to the club which that would bring. I asked a number of times in the course of the game to have a word with him, all within the rules, but after ignoring me for most of the game he told me I was on my first warning, yet we hadn’t had an exchange of words up until then.”

“Our players were taking cross checks to the head, and from behind, which were going unpunished by the referee, yet when we complained, we were being penalised. Now, as anyone will tell you, we’re perfectly capable of looking after ourselves on the ice when the occasion merits it, but you have to be competing on a level playing surface to do that, and let’s just say we were climbing a slippery slope for 60 plus minutes.”

“He disallowed a goal after first awarding it a full minute earlier, before going back to the goal judge, disallowing our goal, although the judge said the puck had definitely crossed the line, and then, after arguing with the goal judge, dismissed him from the game. In overtime he called Moray for having too many men on the ice, but that merits an automatic award of a penalty shot to the other side. A bench minor was given even after our captain explained the ruling in depth as per the IIHF handbook. A penalty shot in overtime could obviously have won us the game. To compound matters, the decision was made to play overtime when the rules in cup competition state that a drawn tie should immediately go to penalty shots, without overtime.

“We can take losing games when they are played according to the rules. This one wasn’t for which it is important that our club addresses the issue, something which we’ve never had to do before. We’re scheduled to be going there in under 3 weeks on league business, and, as I say, I have a duty to look after the safety of the players, something I could not do in our last encounter. We believe the cup match should effectively be replayed, given that the rules were not followed in this instance and I will be raising my concerns should the same official be scheduled in to referee any of our future games.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s another busy weekend for the Paisley Pirates, with engagements on both Saturday and Sunday again, but this time the first of these dates sees the club taking part in an important off ice activity.

“Yes,” explained coach Ian Turley. “We were absolutely delighted to be asked to participate in the parade which precedes the switching on of Paisley’s Christmas lights on Saturday, not to say, extremely proud to receive the invitation. We regard ourselves very much as the local ice hockey club and the fact that we‘ve been asked, once again, to take part is, on our eyes, recognition of the fact that we are very much part of the local community, every bit as much as all the other community groups who’ll be walking round Paisley town centre at the weekend. The team members and supporters will be wearing their tops with pride, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to return some of the fantastic support we receive year in, year out from Renfrewshire Council, local businesses, and local people. It’s what we’re about, and we’re looking forward to it immensely.”


Turning his attention to the team’s match against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Sunday (face off 6.00pm), the coach reflected on the previous weekend. “We were very disappointed to go out at the semifinal stage of the Autumn Cup on a narrow 5-4 aggregate score. In the home leg, we scraped through 3-2, and the narrowness of the win certainly cost us the tie, as we could, and should, have scored more goals. However, it’s done and dusted now, so no point in moaning about it. On the Sunday, we didn’t really get going against a dogged Dundee Tigers till the third period, but when we did we looked a really good team, which I believe we are.”

“However, we’re up against a very good Kirkcaldy side on Sunday in opposition to some guys who have a little Elite League experience, and who are to date the only side to have beaten us in the SNL, winning 4-3 in our first league encounter of the season nearly two months ago-we’ve come on a bit since then, we’ve signed a few more players to give our squad a lot of depth, not to say talent, in the meantime, but we’ll need to show the form we displayed latterly against the Tigers for the whole 60 minutes to take anything out of this one. The Fife boys will be keen to do the double over us, and we’re just as keen to return the defeat they gave us, so I don’t think the fans will be short changed for this one! Our attendances are showing a rise this year, and I like to think that people are realising that ice hockey on Sunday nights at Braehead represents astonishing value for only £7!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]PAISLEY PIRATES-UPDATE


Paisley Pirates are delighted to announce that iconic defenceman Chris Conaboy has returned to the club, and goes straight into the squad for this weekend’s Autumn Cup semi final first leg against the Solway Sharks at the Braehead Arena (face off Sunday at 6.00pm).


“Yes, Chris has been training with us for the last wee while, and we actually registered him as a player a week or two ago. Both he and the club have been very keen to see him pull on a Pirates’ top once again, but we mutually felt that he wasn’t quite ready to return for our double header weekend at Dundee and against Edinburgh. The extra week has allowed him to fine tune himself and he’s absolutely bursting to get back on the ice.”

“He suffered a very bad injury several years back and at one stage it looked as if he might not play again. However, he’s been working very hard on maintaining his high fitness levels at the Pro-Life gym all of that time, and he’s looked very good in training, so we have no hesitation in putting him back in again. People tend to think of the physical aspects of his game and forget that he is actually a powerful skater who moves the puck well, and like all our other signings of the last few weeks he’ll add something else to the team. It’s a great signing for Chris, and it’s a great signing for us!”

“We’re already seeing the difference in the team as a result of the new and returning players whom we’ve added to what was already an excellent group of players, and I’ve got no reason to think that bringing Chris back is anything other than excellent news for the Pirates, and even better news for our fans!”


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