Aberdeen Lynx have been crowned playoff champions after a well-earned 2-1 win over Dundee Comets.
The Lynx left everything they had on in the ice in what was a punishing encounter between the two teams.
Aberdeen’s Fraser MacEachran, Jordan Leyden and Mark Laing had been unable to play in Saturday’s semi-final returned to the bench for last night’s final.
The first period saw the Lynx use the speed advantage of Leyden as well as that of Sean Dyer and Aaron Thomson to great effect with quick breaks troubling the Dundee defence.
The Lynx looked to have taken the lead just four minutes into the game, but the goal was disallowed with officials pulling play back for a penalty.
Despite numerous shots on the Comets goal the Lynx just weren’t able to find the net, it was a case of the puck wanting to go anywhere but in.
The second period was a much more physical affair, with the imposing Comets defenders working together to close down Aberdeen players quickly
Calum MacEACHRAN broke the deadlock with a powerplay goal just seconds after Comets’ Rob Brown had been set off .
Jordan Leyden won the faceoff for the Lynx which saw the puck drift out towards MacEachran who powered it past the helpless Comets goalie to give the Aberdeen-side the lead heading into the break.
The third period began much the same as the second with both sides having players sent to the penalty box.
The Comets stuck back midway through the the third period, with Adam WALKER scoring to pull them level.
Some last minute defence prevented the Lynx falling behind just seconds later after Dundee looked certain to score, but Aberdeen players were quick to put their bodies on the line to block shots.
But the Lynx responded quickly, taking advantage of Comets’ Callum Hill being sent from the ice, Aaron THOMSON fired the Lynx back ahead.
What followed was ten minutes of edge of the seat action for the massive travelling support.
The Lynx continued to push forward looking for the third goal to secure the game, but strong defending from the Comets shut the Lynx attack down effectively.
However, their one-goal lead was enough to see them crowned champions.
Player-coach Barry Carnegie said after the game that he was “absolutely delighted to win a championship for Aberdeen as a club and as a small hockey community.”
Carnegie added: “The players stuck to the game plan to a tee and it paid off for us all.
“Some of us have won titles before in teams that were expected to win, but this was the opposite and that makes it extra special.”
He added: “We are proud we delivered for the hundreds of fans who travelled.
“The support has been awesome throughout and we can’t thank them enough!”