Kilmarnock started the hungrier team and deservedly went ahead on six minutes and thirty five seconds of the first period when Conner McNulty scored a power play goal.
They were very quickly two goals up when Torran Anderson scored another power play goal after eight minutes of the first period. The next goal was going to be crucial and fortunately it came the Stars way with a superb solo effort from Dylan Murray after twelve minutes of the first period bringing the Stars back into the match.
The first period ended 2-1 in Kilmarnock’s favour.
The second period started like the first with Kilmarnock looking the hungrier team and it was no surprise when they went three goals to one up after seventeen minutes when Conner McNulty scored his second goal of the game assisted by Aiden Wilson and Mathew Thomson. The third goal seemed to take the stuffing out of the Stars team and a further four goals in a space of seven minutes had Kilmarnock in control at the end of the second period seven goals to one.
Two more goals at the start of the third for Kilmarnock had them nine goals to one up but give credit to the Stars team who still chased every puck and were eventually rewarded with a consolation goal seconds from the end when Josh Carslaw assisted Jacob Woods to play him through one on one with the net minder and Jacob made no mistake slotting the puck home from close range.
Final Score Kilmarnock 9 Stars 2. Stars MOM Jacob Woods
North Ayrshire Penguins played host to the Lanarkshire Lighting on Saturday night in an important Scottish Cup tie. The Penguins were keen to take their impressive league form into the tie, but Lanarkshire would provide a stiff test for the locals.
From the off North Ayr were keen to impose their attacking style on the visitors and following a period of pressure they took the lead through a shorthanded goal from Liam Houston. With defence and goal tenders on tops, clear chances were proving hard to come by. Lanarkshire started to grow in confidence and came back into the tie with an equaliser mid-way through the period. North Ayr looked to push on from the set back and a sustained period of pressure was rewarded with 1.30 left in the period, when Flynn Massie shot home the loose puck following a long range effort the goal tender had done well to save initially. The remainder of the period saw North Ayr attack looking for the third but good defensive play from Lanarkshire ensured the 1st period finished 2-1 to North Ayr.
The start of the 2nd period saw Lanarkshire come out on the front foot and quickly equalised past Caiden MacColl to tie the game at 2-2. This was turning into a great game and saw everyone on both teams play their part demonstrating a high level of skating and stick skills. To North Ayr credit they regrouped after the early setback and again took the lead through Lennon Deeney who finished well following a good attacking move, 3-2 to North Ayr. Again North Ayr looked to press home the advantage and stretched the lead to 2 when Rocco Murray found the top corner of the net from a long range shot 4-2. Lanarkshire needed to respond and to their credit they responded brilliantly with 3 goals over a 5 minute period as they took advantage of a number of penalties incurred by the home team. At the end of the 2nd period Lanarkshire had fought back to take a 5-4 lead going into the final period.
The start of final period required North Ayr to regroup and stay in the tie seeing out the remaining penalties, the defensive lines and goal tender Calum Simmonds stepping up to ensure North Ayr got back to full strength and could push on looking for the equaliser. The pressure from the offensive line was starting to tell on Lanarkshire as the number of shots and attempts on goal steadily grew through the period. North Ayr were unlucky with an effort from Lennon Deeney who beat the goal tender but agonisingly saw his effort hit the post and rebounded to safety, but North Ayr and Lennon were not to be denied for long, when a great team goal brought the scores level at 5-5, following a number of quick passes moving the puck around the ice allowed Lennon to prod home the equaliser. What a game!
North Ayr had their tails up and were straight back onto the attack looking for the lead as the game became stretched both teams knew the next goal would be vital. The home fans sensed the momentum was with North Ayr and another great team move was brilliantly finished by Rocco Murray who fired the puck into the net for North Ayr to lead 6-5 with a 3 minutes to go in the final period and set up a tense finish. Both teams looked to push for the next goal as Lanarkshire attempted to stay in the tie and North Ayr to finish off the contest. Some fantastic defensive play from North Ayr’s Adam Bainbridge allowed the team to push for the elusive goal but some fine save from Lanarkshire goal tender meant the final score finished 6-5 to North Ayr who progress to the next round following a fantastic contest, where both teams displayed a high level of performance they can all be proud of.
Final Score: North Ayrshire Penguins 6 – 5 Lanarkshire Lightning – MOM: David Cameron.
North Ayrshire Devils v Dundee Stars U20’s
The Devils coach called a time out to try and rally the team, whatever was said to the boys worked as 3 minutes later they got a goal back from Ryan Campbell assisted by Haydn Woods and Jamie Miller. With a minute to go of the 2nd period Chris Burwood assisted by Zak Kenneth scored the Devils 3rd and the period ended Devils 3 Dundee 4.
Devils getting thrown from the game and 2 from Dundee spending the rest of the game in the penalty box. The Devils were pushing hard for the winner but with a 1:10 to go on the clock Dundee got a breakaway goal and the game finished North Ayrshire Devils 5 – 6 Dundee. MOM: Lewis Smith
Stars Draw In Dumfries.
The Stars were looking to bounce back from a disappointing result against Kilmarnock on Saturday when they faced Solway Sharks at Dumfries ice bowl on Sunday 3rd of February. The Sharks started the game the stronger of the two sides and went in front after twelve minutes and fifteen seconds of the first period when good play by Ewan Duncan and Scott Kilpatrick set up Cassie McGregor for the opening goal. The Stars were only behind for 29 seconds as Jack Neil played a lovely pass through to Dylan Murray who calmly slotted the puck beyond the Sharks net minder to tie the game up at one apiece. This time it was Solway Sharks who hit back in under a minute to go ahead two goals to one at the end of the 1st period when Kyle Carruth put the puck past Harry Campbell in the Stars net.
The second period started with both teams cancelling each other out until the 19th minute when Josh Carslaw tied the game up with a close range finish after a scramble in the Sharks crease. The second period was mostly controlled by the Stars after the equaliser but they couldn’t find away by the Sharks net minder, Logan Reid who was on top form and would prove to be the difference between the Stars winning and dropping a point. After all the Stars pressure in the 2nd period it was Solway who scored the next goal seconds before the end of the second period to go in three goals to two up.
The Stars came out at the start of the third looking to tie the game and it didn’t take long for them to draw level and then go ahead with two quick goals from Liam Houston and Dylan Murray had the stars four goals to three up going into the closing minutes of the game. With only four minutes left on the clock Solway scored a short handed goal to tie the game at four apiece when Kyle Carruth skated through the Stars team and fired an unstoppable shot from an angle that passed by Harry Campbell in the Stars net. Both teams looked to score the winning goal with the Stars hitting the post and going close on a couple of occasions but the game was to finish four goals each.
Final Score North Ayrshire Stars 4 – 4 Solway Sharks U14’s. MOM: Harry Campbell – Net minder
North Ayrshire Predators v Solway Sharks U16’s.
Predators demolish Sharks
The North Ayrshire Predators looked to continue their winning ways as they faced Solway Sharks at Dumfries ice bowl on Sunday. The Predators came out the blocks fast and found themselves six goals up inside the first ten minutes of the game. Pick of the early goals was definitely the Predators fourth with Josh Carslaw setting up Antony Curlett to score top shelf past the sharks net minder. Solway got a goal back just after 11 minutes of the first period when Scott Rae finished of a good move down the left wing by Andrew Craig to pass the puck by Harry Campbell in the Predators net. Haydn Woods scored two quick goals on twelve and thirteen minutes to give the Predators an impressive eight goals to one lead after the first period.
The second period was more even with the Sharks coming out the better of the two teams and finishing the second period three goals to one up to bring the overall score to nine goals to four in favour of the Predators. Haydn Woods with his fifth goal of the game assisted by Kyle Forsyth and Dylan Murray was the only goal for the predators in the period.
Into the third period and with the game all but won the Predators added four more goals onto the scoreboard without reply when Kyle Forsyth, Antony Curlett and Haydn Woods with two more goals to take his tally for the game to seven goals all found the back of the net for the Predators making the final score Sharks 4 Predators 12 MOM: Haydn Woods