Ryan Sarginson’s winner 70 seconds from time stunned Edinburgh Capitals SNL as North Ayrshire Wild inflicted their first league defeat of the campaign.
The result keeps the Caps a point behind Kirkcaldy Kestrels at the top of the table, while Wild have climbed to fourth following Saturday’s 5-4 win at Dundee Tigers.
Joel Gautschi opened the scoring, but the home team turned things around by the end of the first as Koni Yates and Ryan Parkin both found the net.
Michael Ireland levelled for the Caps early in the second, but Martin Cardno restored Wild’s lead before Mark Paterson tied the game at 3-3 after two periods.
The game could have gone either way and when David Thomson struck for the home side inside the final four minutes, they looked on course for victory.
Wild had other ideas as goals by Ross Hay and Sarginson sealed a 5-4 win.
The victory moved Wild up to fourth in the table following on from their result in Dundee.
It had started disappointingly for them as Ross Bree opened the scoring, then Kris Phillips doubled the lead shortly after to leave Wild on the back foot.
Alan Maitland pulled one back for the visitors, but Tigers restored their two-goal lead as Gary Warley, making his return to the club, found the net and the home side were 3-1 up at the first break.
Maitland got his and Wild’s second during the middle period, before Parkin tied the game at three apiece and Dundee’s hopes of taking the points were in severe jeopardy.
Paul Guilcher put them back in front heading into the final period, but Cardno restored parity again before Maitland completed his hat-trick to secure the points.
Aberdeen Lynx moved level on points with Edinburgh Capitals after successfully blanking Kilmarnock Storm in a 7-0 away romp.
It took Barry Carnegie’s side until the second period to break the deadlock as Mark Laing scored on the powerplay, before Jamie Vincent fired in a second as the Lynx had another man advantage.
The visitors took great heart from this breakthrough and by the second interval were 4-0 up as Carnegie scored twice to put Lynx in a comfortable position.
With five minutes to go Laing added his second of the game, before Storm’s Martin McPhail was kicked out of the game for a spearing offence.
Aberdeen finished the game in style as Sean Dyer and Iain Malcolm rounded things off on a successful night, continuing Kilmarnock’s woe at the foot of the SNL table.
Four players picked up two goals each as Paisley Pirates romped to a comfortable 10-1 victory over Moray Typhoons.
Scott Cowan had the home side in front inside the first four minutes, but Moray quickly hit back through Joe Durkasz.
Paisley regained the lead heading into the first break as Liam Riddell smashed home to make it 2-1, and the Pirates kicked on in the second, with goals by Mark Hassan (2) and Stuart Miller effectively killing the game off.
Ian Turley’s side cranked things up even more in the third as Richard Thorp and another from Riddell turned a comfortable lead into a rout, before Chris Wilson added number eight.
Miller and Wilson put the icing on the cake as Pirates grabbed their biggest victory of the season.
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