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December 23, 2012


Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Braehead Clan 2 Cardiff Devils 6

Phil Hill of the Devils put in a man of the match performance with his 2+2 as he helped his team collect the points against their Scottish opponents. The second period was when the damage was done. With the teams tied at one apiece the Devils hit three without reply including a shorthanded goal from Hill to take control of the game.

A great start from the home side as Davide Nicoletti fired them in front at 3.13. Both teams were creating chances and it came as no surprise as the Devils got back on level terms as Jesse Gimblett was on hand to find the net at 17.08.

Three goals in a seven minute spell from the visitors put them well in control. The first of these came from Chris Blight at 31.25. Then Hill netted a double at 35.23 and then whilst shorthanded he found the net once again at 38.47.

A goal from Adam Walker at the start of the third period gave the home side a glimmer of hope. However, despite getting another 17 shots on Phil Oaser in the Devils net that early strike at 42.19 was all they could make count. Cardiff made the score line more convincing with two goals 25 seconds apart as Stuart MacRae at 58.05 and then Mark Smith at 58.30 completed the scoring.

Period Scores:
Braehead   1+0+1=2
Cardiff        1+3+2=6
Penalty Minutes:
Braehead   0+0+2=2
Cardiff        0+4+2=6
Shots on:
Garrett Zemlak 10+13+10=33
Phil Oaser         12+8+18=38
Braehead   0/3
Cardiff      1/1
Rab Cowan
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Edinburgh Capitals 5 Dundee Stars 2

The Capitals gave their fans an early Christmas present, as they defeated the Stars for the first time in the league this season that also lifted them out the bottom two. They have now won four of their last five games. Whilst Dundee are going through a bit of a mini crisis with only one win in their last nine games.

The Capitals took full advantage of the first powerplay of the game in the 5th minute as Rene Jarolin netted at 4.53. However, the visitors were back on level terms with a strike from Mike Wirll at 10.58.

We then had to wait until the midway point for the next goal with three being scored in a two minute spell. The Capitals regained the lead with a goal from Curtis Leinweber at 31.34 and then increased their lead at 32.55 with a strike from Peter Holecko. The Stars replied quickly to this set back as Tim Kraus was on target at 33.23.

With only a goal between the teams the next strike was going to be vital and it came the way of the hosts at 48.57 as Brent Patry was on target. A goal from Capitals Marcis Zembergs at 54.54 completed the scoring to give the home side the points.

Period Scores:
Edinburgh   1+2+0=0
Dundee       1+1+0=0
Penalty Minutes:
Edinburgh   4+2+0=6
Dundee       2+6+2=10
Shots on:
Tomas Hiadlovsky   10+7+7=24
Nic Riopel                9+10+8=27
Mark McGill             0+0+1=1
Edinburgh   1/5
Dundee       0/3
James Ashton
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Hull Stingrays 2 Sheffield Steelers 4

Three first period goals from the visitors put them in the driving seat in this encounter. Stingrays did get one back in the first and also another in the second. However, the Steelers got the only goal on the powerplay in the third period and that was enough for them to secure the win. As for Hull they have now gone seven games without a win.

A powerplay goal from Matt Stephenson at 5.04 gave the Steelers the opening goal. The hosts then got a powerplay of their own and Dominic Osman made the extra man count at 9.02 to restore equality. Moments later the visitors regained the lead with strike from Drew Fata at 10.45. They then added a third goal from Jeff Legue at 16.25 to give his team a two goal lead after the first session.

Only the one goal in the second period and it came the way of the home team at 32.47 as Osman was on hand to net his second powerplay goal. With a solitary goal between the teams it would be all to play for in the third period.

Like the second period there was only the one goal in the third and unfortunately for the hosts it came the way of the visitors at 47.55 as Ashley Tait netted. With 64 seconds remaining Stingrays pulled the goaltender for the extra skater. At the same time the Steelerrs took a minor penalty to give the hosts a 6 on 4.

However, with 13 seconds remaining all the momentum was taken out the game as there were a total of 96 minutes of penalties handed out. The hosts took 64 of those minutes with Kurtis Dulle receiving a 5 plus game for checking to the head, Dominic Osman 5 plus game for roughing, Ryan Hand a 10 minute misconduct and Jason Silverthorn a double minor for roughing. The visitors took 32 minutes with Jason Hewitt going on a 5 plus game for roughing, whilst Chris Frank got a major for roughing as well as a minor also for roughing.

Period Scores:
Hull         1+1+0=2
Sheffield  3+0+1=4
Penalty Minutes:
Hull         4+8+66=78
Sheffield  4+4+36=44
Shots on:
Ben Bowns    13+13+9=35
John DeCaro   6+12+13=31
Hull         1/8
Sheffield  2/7
Mike Hicks
Rapid Solicitors Elite League
Nottingham Panthers 7 Fife Flyers 1

The Flyers had no answer to the Panthers fire power as they went down to their 11th straight loss on the road. The win for the Panthers saw they them chalk up their 12th win on home ice with only three losses. In fact they have only lost once in their last nine games hence the reason their sitting 4 points clear at the top of the league.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors as the Panthers opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Brandon Benedict at 10.47. They then added a second, this time whilst on the powerplay and David Ling was on the mark at 17.10.

Panthers went three in front with a strike from Pat Galivan at 27.46. The visitors got what in the end was only a consolation goal at 34.24 from the stick of Casey Haines. The hosts made sure that the Flyers were not going to get back into the game as 86 seconds later Kelsey Wilson restored his sides three goal lead.

The home side went nap at 41.39 as Bruce Graham was on target. With his first goal of the current season Josh Ward added a sixth at 48.49 and then Graham on the powerplay got his second goal of the game at 52.39 to complete the scoring.

Period Scores:
Nottingham   2+2+3=7
Fife                0+1+0=1
Penalty Minutes:
Nottingham   2+0+9=11
Fife                4+2+21=27
Shots on:
Craig Kowalski      2+6+2=10
Dan Green            0+0+3=3
Bryan Pitton        16+15+7=38
Blair Daly               0+0+8=8
Nottingham   2/5
Fife                0/1
Dean Smith


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