Edinburgh Capitals 5 Newcastle Vipers 7

ON a weekend in which it rained 28 goals in total, the Vipers completed back to back exhibition match wins against the Capitals.

ON a weekend in which it rained 28 goals in total, the Vipers completed back to back exhibition match wins against the Capitals.

After scoring a hat-trick in Saturday’s 11-5 home win, Dan Speer last night put his side ahead on the Murrayfield ice before captain Paul Sample doubled the lead.

Jamie Carrol was also successful in front of goal as the Vipers left the ice for the first break 1-3 ahead.

However, the Vipers were unable to reproduce Saturday’s devastating second period form which saw them score five times without reply.

The middle session ended 4-6 in the Vipers’ favour and after the Caps had reduced the arrears further, a late goal from Dale Mahovsky ensured a second victory.

Toms Hartmanis (twice) and Carroll were the Vipers’ second period hit-men.

At Whitely Bay on Saturday, the Vipers recovered from a 2-3 first period deficit to race away to a 7-3 second period lead.

Finnish winger Patrick Forsbacka netted four of the goals, Speer three as mentioned before, player coach Danny Stewart two and Carroll and Sample one each.

Back up netminder Liam McAllister started both games for the Vipers as the intended starter, Charlie Effinger, cannot fly in until the American authorities have returned his passport to him.

l TDC Northern Stars had a four-point English National Ice Hockey League North Division One weekend, beating Telford Titans 3-1 last night following Saturday’s 4-3 home win over Trafford Metros.

James Moss put Stars into a second-minute lead via a rebound after his initial shot was only parried by Ben Hunt. With the second session nearly over, Ben Davison scored his first goal of the season when he scored from close range after a surging run from Stars import Jean-Francois Giroux.

Telford cut the deficit in the 49th minute following a clearance from Hunt, Ed Eaton outskating the home defence to fire home.

Just two minutes later James Mccabe restored the two-goal lead after Stuart Gibbon’ scross.

:: WHITLEY Warriors made their first trip of the season to Scotland on Saturday, but found the Fife Flyers too hot to handle in the Northern League fixture; the home side won 10-3. They had more luck last night at home to Solway Sharks, drawing 1-1.

STARS (Titans): James Moss, Ben Davison, James Mccabe 1+0, Stuart Gibbon, J F Giroux, Graham Robson 0+1.

WHITLEY (v Fife): Reynold & Watson 1+1, Kippin 1+0, Culley, Sample, Crammond & Bucas 0+1.

WHITLEY (v Solway): Culley 1+0, Leach 0+1.


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