SNL round-up: Campbell bags six for Pirates

Kirkcaldy Kestrels remain top of the Scottish National League after romping to an 8-0 win against Solway Sharks SNL in Dumfries.

Liam Cassidy scored the first of a hat-trick to get the ball rolling for the Kestrels, but they didn’t get their second until the early stages of the middle period when Allan Anderson doubled the lead.

Kestrels soon found their rhythm as Andy Finlay made it three, before two goals in a minute from Robin Floyd and Cassidy effectively killed the Sharks off.

The men from Fife were seven up by the end of the second as Sean Cochrane and Floyd again each found the net, with Cassidy wrapping up his treble in the final period.

Dundee Comets made it a weekend to remember with a 5-0 win at home to Aberdeen Lynx.

Ben Edmonds celebrated his call-up to the GB Under 18’s World Championship squad with the opening goal as Comets forged ahead.

Robert Brown and Willie Nicolson added to the score to open up a healthy 3-0 lead by the end of the first period.

Lynx tried to prise open the Comets back line, but to no avail, and final period goals by Ryan Thomson and Ross Johnston killed the game off.

North Ayrshire Wild kept up their excellent run of form to stay in second place as they won 6-4 at Kilmarnock Storm.

The result keeps them within touching distance of Kirkcaldy, while Storm are still looking for their first point of the season.

Ryan Parkin’s opening goal for Wild was soon wiped out as Adam Stuart and Michael Chubb turned things around to give Storm a rare lead.

Normal service was resumed as Iain Crockett, David Thomson and Ross Couborough all found the net in the second period to put Wild 4-2 ahead after 40 minutes.

Colin Henning effectively killed Storm off with a fifth early in the third, with Martin Cardno making it six, although Kilmarnock hit back with two late finishes from Alasdair Brown and Myles Watson.

Storm’s season of woe continued as Paisley Pirates rampaged to a 14-1 win at Braehead Arena – the sixth time they have conceded double figures.

Six goals from Fraser Campbell (above) – including the opening three – was a key catalyst for Paisley’s performance as they made it six wins out of six at home in the SNL.

After Campbell’s early three-goal blitz, Chris Wilson and Tom Johnston and another from Campbell saw Ian Turley’s men romp to a six-goal first period lead.

Michael Chubb surprised the home side with a consolation strike for Kilmarnock, but Liam Riddell and Campbell’s fifth goal saw them 8-1 up after 40 minutes.

Pirates didn’t take their foot off the gas in the final session and Stuart Millar got the scoring underway again, followed by Wilson with his second of the night to make it 10-1.

Warren Crawford joined in the fun, followed by Campbell again with Richard Thorp and David Orr rounding things off on what was a very productive night for Paisley, who are now fifth in the table.

Edinburgh Capitals SNL are without a league win in four after Dundee Tigers went to Murrayfield and shocked the once runaway leaders.

Caps got the best possible start when Craig Main and Michael Ireland both scored inside the opening eight minutes to give them an early cushion.

Tigers pulled one back before the end of the period as Alex Purves sent the puck into the roof of the net to halve the lead.

Ross Bree and Paul Guilcher turned the game around with two early second period goals followed by Mark Paterson pulled Edinburgh level.

Tigers had opened a two-goal gulf by the end of the middle session as Grant Reekie and Mark McLeod found the net.

Sean Donaldson and Joel Gautschi levelled the game at 5-5, before Bree and Paterson with their second goals exchanged finishes again.

But it was the Tigers who pulled away to take the points as Guiltier and Scott Marr scored to secure an 8-6 victory.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Dundee Comets 5-0 Aberdeen Lynx
Edinburgh Capitals SNL 6-8 Dundee Tigers
Kilmarnock Storm 4-6 North Ayrshire Wild
Paisley Pirates 14-1 Kilmarnock Storm
Solway Sharks SNL 0-8 Kirkcaldy Kestrels

(Image permission: Al Goold Photo)

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