Penultimate game puts Comets in pole position
DUNDEE Comets retained their top spot in the Scottish National League after their 9-2 home win against Moray Typhoons.
With the previous weekend’s fixtures being cancelled due to the weather warnings, a quickly-rearranged match-up for their penultimate league game gave the Taysiders the chance to stay ahead of the chasing pack.
A 9.45pm face-off saw the match start with the visitors taking the initiative and keeping the title-chasing hosts in a bit of a frustrating place as their stand-in keeper, former Comets’ and Tigers’ Gavin Stark, produced several first-class saves before home errors let the Elgin men take advantage when Maris Saulits scored shorthanded on a breakaway chance to go in at the first interval 1-0 up.
Michal Beca levelled the score 30 seconds into the second stanza before player-coach John Dolan scored a shorthanded counter.
Adam Mcnicoll extended Comets’ advantage on the 38-minute mark to go 3-1 in front.
Typhoons were proving awkward as they continued to stop the flowing game Comets like to play and, with Stark keeping them in the contest, the travelling side found the net again when John Paul scored shorthanded just before the end of the second period to bring it back to 3-2 in Comets’ favour.
Period No 3 was just over a minute old when Beca scored a fantastic goal after great set-up play between Dolan and John Gordon to go 4-2 up.
This was the beginning of the end for the Highlanders as a more recognisable Comets fired in five unanswered goals from Dolan, Gordon (2), Mcnicoll and Cam Mcgiffin to comfortably see out the game.
Comets assistant coach John Gordon Sr said: “We would like to thank the recreational sides that kindly gave up their ice times to make this game possible and, of course, to the Elgin guys for their determination and effort in getting here.
“We’d also like to say many thanks to our loyal fan base that again proved they will follow the team no matter what!”
Comets meet Kirkcaldy Kestrels in the first leg of the Scottish Cup semifinal at Dundee Ice Arena this Saturday (f/o 7.30pm) and the return tie in Fife the following evening.
Dundee Comets forward Adam Mcnicoll comes under pressure from Moray Typhoons’ Steven Mackin at the Dundee Ice Arena.
Player-coach John Dolan shields the puck from his marker during Comets’ second-last league game of the season.