SNL round-up (w/e 20th September)

Dundee Comets got their SNL campaign off a terrific start as they won 2-0 at home to Moray Typhoons.

Moray were under the cosh for the first period and much of the second, with goalie Craig Johnstone in fine form.

Comets finally got the breakthrough as Willie Nicolson scored just past the halfway mark, with the Tayside outfit finally making their shots count.

Typhoons, with only 13 players, soon lost Stuart Ferguson, who was ejected from the game for head-butting, stretching their resources even further.

The lead was finally doubled as Craig Findlay scored a blistering slapshot that flew past Johnstone, making life that little bit easier for the home side as they claimed their first two points of the campaign.

Gordon Horne’s last second winner broke Dundee Tigers’ hearts as Solway Sharks nicked their first league points of the season in Dumfries.

A closely fought game didn’t see its first goal until just after the midway point in the second period as Michael Brunton fired beyond Ciaran Hoggan on the angle.

Paul Guilcher tied things up early in the third, but a powerplay chance seven minutes from time presented the Tigers the opportunity to take the lead, which they duly took as Kris Phillips finished to make it 2-1.

Sharks levelled again through Scott Henderson, before Horne barged his way through the middle to send the puck into the bottom corner of the net to nick the win for the home side with just a second to go.

Edinburgh Capitals SNL made their title ambitions clear with a 7-5 win at home to Kirkcaldy Kestrels.

Having lost the title to their Fife rivals last season, Capitals sent a statement of intent with this win that makes them early pace setters in the league race.

They scorched into a four-goal lead in the first period when Jay King opened the scoring, followed by a powerplay marker from Matthew Patterson before further goals from Callum Boyd and Joel Gautschi.

Sean Cochrane pulled one back for the Kestrels, but Patterson and James Wallace soon found the net to put the Capitals 6-1 ahead in the second.

Martyn Simpson added a second for Kirkcaldy, and they got to within a goal of their hosts in the final period as Conor Duncan, Josh Leslie and Allan Anderson made it a 6-5 game, but a short-handed finish from Gautschi kept the points in Edinburgh.

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