Aberdeen Lynx dominated Solway Sharks on Saturday much to the delight of the home crowd.
Storming into the game against a short-benched Solway Sharks, the Aberdeen Lynx, who had cemented their play-off spot with an emphatic 8–1 away win against Moray Typhoons the previous weekend, took the lead early on and ran out with a convincing 13-1 home win against the Sharks.
The first period started off at a fast pace and saw a torrent of goals hit the back of the net. Christian Johnson was first to score, with some great assisting work from Fraser MacEachran, setting team captain, Jordan Leyden, free with a strategically placed pass for the latter to find the back of the net.
Further goals were scored by Ross McIntosh, Fraser MacEachran, #15 Iain Malcolm, Aaron Thomson, and a second again for Iain Malcolm in the first half, seeing the Lynx’s confidence soar. With the crowd going wild it was clear to see they were firmly behind the team at the end of the first period.
The second period began with the Lynx not letting up the pressure on the away side. Unluckily for the Sharks, head coach-player, Barry Carnegie, executed a fine move with a high finish straight into the back of the net. The fast flowing hockey game was in full swing and the fans were sent roaring once again as Iain Malcolm, wrapped up his hat-trick with a poacher’s goal.
With some good play in centre-ice, and consistent sharp passing which split the Lynx defense, the first real opportunity for the Sharks was created and led to a successful chance for the away side who managed to score a consolation
However, with a quick counter-attacking move from Ross McIntosh, Lynx hit back, and hit the net almost immediately after conceding, making the score 11-1.
Leyden wasn’t to be outdone in the scoring stakes and scored once again for the home side to wrap up the Second Period with the Lynx leading 12-1.
The third period was played at a much slower pace. Mindful of their Scottish Cup semi final with the Paisley Pirates coming up next weekend, the Lynx played it safe and used their defence more vigorously than their forward line.
However, there was still time for another goal to be scored, and rounding off the evening on an ultimate high saw Carnegie once again hit the back of the net, leaving the final score at 13-1.
A harsh beating for the young away side, the Solway sharks never gave up the fight against the Lynx. With a clinical form in front of the net, the Lynx thoroughly deserved to take away the win.
The Lynx will now go on to meet with Paisley Pirates next weekend in the Scottish semi final clash on Sunday 13 March 2015 at the Linx Ice Arena, with face-off at 1.30pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from www.ticketcourse.co.uk/aberdeenlynx