Penul­ti­mate game puts Comets in pole po­si­tion

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

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.

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