Pirates wipe out Typhoons
Paisley Pirates swept the Typhoons aside for the second weekend in a row – racking up their 100th league goal of the season in the process.
Ian Turley’s side were in control from start to finish in a match punctuated by bursts of scoring and periods of play in which they dominated, but just couldn’t find the back of the Moray net.
Pirates have been in superb goalscoring form throughout the season and it didn’t take long for the floodgates to open on Sunday.
The home side were ahead as early as three minutes played when player/coach Adam Walker opened his side’s account when they took full advantage of a powerplay to fire them in front.
But it was soon the Typhoons with the man advantage, and they quickly equalised through Daniel Grant, who made it 1-1.
Pirates had the bulk of the play thereafter but the go-ahead goals didn’t actually appear until the eighth minute.
Despite finding themselves shorthanded on both occasions, the Pirates scored twice in under 50 seconds through Martyn Guy and Richard Thorp to give them their first real cushion of the match at 3-1.
They then netted a fourth in the 13th minute as Marc Crute was handily placed to shoot home from close range.
And seconds before the buzzer, Walker got his second of the evening to give the home side an already comfortable 5-1 advantage going into the first break.
The domination and pattern of play was repeated in the middle session as Pirates continued to control the game.
They appeared to beat a steady path to Typhoons netminder Michael McPherson, but the goalie was on great form in between the pipes as shots were sticking to his gloves and pads like magnets.
However, he was eventually beaten in the 27th minute when Guy neatly took the puck around him to score his side’s sixth.
Pirates’ seventh, their landmark 100th league goal of the season, duly arrived after 31 minutes as skipper Chris Turley fired an unstoppable effort to write himself into this year’s history books.
A further pair, the first from Guy to secure his hat-trick, and a first from Haydn Bain, took the score to 9-1 by the second buzzer.
The third session continued like the previous two, with Pirates mostly on the offence while Graeme Meechan in the home goal was equal to the occasional shot that came his way.
The goals came early in the session as Bain scored a double either side of the 45th minute to complete his own hat-trick and take the score to 11-1.
And while the hosts continued to press, they couldn’t find another counter, with Thorp coming closest with a shot which came back off of the bar with five minutes left on the clock.
Pirates will be happy to clinch another two points and continue to push Kirkcaldy and Dundee Comets at the top end of the league table.
They are back in home action next Sunday when they take on North Ayrshire Wild in a league derby, with face-off at 6pm.
Closing in Euan McLaughlin eyes up the puck as he races past his Moray opponent Pictures: Al Goold Helping hand Coach Ian Turley takes to the ice as Pirates clinch another victory, above, and left, Tom Johnston calls for the puck as Pirates crank up the pressure