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PIRATES OVERCOME LYNX EFFECT

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PAISLEY PIRATES   4           ABERDEEN LYNX   3     In front of easily their largest crowd of the season, Pirates recorded a critical 4-3 win over nearest challengers Aberdeen to move clear at the top of the Scottish National League, but once again their supporters had to endure several fraught periods during the game.   The home side were on the powerplay within a minute and with the extra space, Wilson finished off a slick passing move to put them ahead with less than two minutes on the clock. The importance of the game was clearly felt by the players on …

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TOUGH WEEKEND FOR PIRATES

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After a three week layoff, Paisley Pirates are back with a bang this weekend with two matches against difficult looking opposition, taking on Aberdeen Lynx on Saturday night at Braehead (face off at the earlier time of 5pm), before travelling through to Edinburgh the following evening to go head to head to head with the Capitals.   “It’s going to be a very difficult weekend for us,” said coach Ian Turley, as he looked ahead to the two matches. “It’s very unusual for us to be playing at home on a Saturday, and it’s an earlier than usual face off …

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COACH PROUD OF “COURAGEOUS PERFORMANCE”

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    Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley was a happy man after his depleted side rose to the challenge and beat the reigning SNL champions, Kirkcaldy Kestrels 8-5 in a pulsating match at Braehead Arena on Sunday night.   He explained, “On the day of the game I had very real concerns that we wouldn’t have enough players to meet the minimum requirement of 12 skaters, such was the length of our injury list, with players phoning me to say that they wouldn’t make it for various reasons. At that time, I was less worried about the ultimate result of …

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PIRATES CLIP KESTRELS WINGS

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PAISLEY PIRATES   8          KIRKCALDY KESTRELS   5     In a match billed as a Christmas cracker, the sixty minutes of play certainly lived up to the pre match publicity, as Pirates, minus a number of key players and with several taking to the ice with injuries which might normally have ruled them out of the game, overcame the significant challenge of the Kirkcaldy Kestrels to win a pulsating match 8-5.   The visitors, knowing that a win was crucial to their lingering hopes of retaining their SNL title, had the better of the opening exchanges as Pirates fought to get …

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CHRISTMAS CRACKER ANTICIPATED

Paisley Pirates expect to serve up a Christmas cracker for their fans this Sunday in a match which sees the home team, as current Scottish Cup holders, take on Kirkcaldy Kestrels, current SNL champions.   “We’ve been doing very well both home and away this year,” said coach Ian Turley, “but this has the potential to be one of our hardest matches of the season. Kestrels have been showing a bit of form of late, and will be coming to Braehead Arena on Sunday looking to reverse the 3-1 defeat we inflicted on them at their place a couple of …

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PIRATES DRAW TIGERS’ CLAWS

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PAISLEY PIRATES   9          DUNDEE TIGERS   2     Pirates shook off any sluggishness following their five week layoff to record a comprehensive 9-2 home win against a resilient Tigers side which kept going until the end.   The home side, minus several key players, were out of the blocks the faster and were ahead in the 5th minute as Crute latched onto a Blair pass to slip a backhanded effort under Balfour for the opening goal. The visitors were having their fair share of possession but found Meechan in excellent form for Pirates and with almost 12 minutes played Pirates …

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HOME SWEET HOME FOR PIRATES

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Paisley Pirates return to the Braehead Arena after an eight week absence to take on the Dundee Tigers this coming Sunday (11 December), and are hoping to hit the ground running after weeks of inactivity.   “It’s been a difficult period for us,” admitted coach Ian Turley. “We are really just back on the ice this week, and the boys have been ticking over at the ProLife Fitness Suite in Paisley, courtesy of conditioning classes provided by one of our main sponsors, but we won’t have actually played a game for some 5 weeks, since we drew 3-3 with Aberdeen …

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PIRATES BACK FOODBANK CAMPAIGN

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Paisley Pirates have given their backing to a festive drive by local organisations to help families in the area experience some Christmas cheer next month, by asking fans to donate items and bring them to the club’s next home game against Dundee Tigers on Sunday 11 December.   “Our Supporters Club has already been in touch with representatives from the Trussell Trust and Renfrewshire Foodbank to discuss what we can do,” said chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “They’ll be at our game on 11 December and we’re asking our fans to show their traditional generosity by bringing along food items, selection boxes, …

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MILLIE’S MIRACLE FUND RAISER

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A charity ice hockey match organised by a grateful dad has raised an amazing amount for two vital neonatal units, after they helped save his baby daughter’s life.   Ross Andreucci, a member of the 2013 Paisley Pirates championship winning side and now playing for Kilmarnock Storm in the Scottish National League, is amazed, not to say humbled, by the support he received after he decided to raise money for the Crosshouse and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Neonatal Units when his daughter Millie received 24 hour, round the clock, care after weighing only 180 grams at birth.   “I felt …

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PIRATES’ FESTIVE GROUP OFFER

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Paisley Pirates are entering into the Christmas spirit by offering local community groups the chance to come and watch their local ice hockey team for special festive admission prices.   “We’ve got two very tough games coming up on the two Sundays just before Christmas, as we take on the Dundee Tigers on 11 December, and we’re at home again the following weekend, which is the last match before the temporary halt to fixtures over Christmas and New Year,” said coach Ian Turley. “We’ll be starting both matches at 6.00pm and we think it’s a great opportunity for local organisations …

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PIRATES’ FANS BET ON RAISING CASH

Paisley Pirates Supporters Club is taking advantage of the team’s temporary break in matches via a Race Night which will take place on Saturday, 19 November within the town.   “We thought that seeing the players have an enforced period of inactivity due to the non-availability of Braehead Arena, there was an opportunity to run a fundraiser during the blank spell which doesn’t just aim to raise a bucketload of cash for our favourite ice hockey team, but also keeps supporters and players together,” said chairwoman Marie Cadenhead. “Some of the newcomers to the team haven’t yet met many of …

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EX PIRATE ROSS ORGANISES HOSPITAL CHARITY MATCH

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The local ice hockey community is rallying round a very special young lady and her family to raise money for a local hospital which helped save her life when she was born.   Young Millie Andreucci was born on Burns’ Day, 25 January, but she weighed only 20 ounces after arriving 14 weeks prematurely, and her parents feared the worst. “She was absolutely tiny when she was born, she fitted into the palm of my hand, but she is a real fighter and with Crosshouse Hospital’s Neonatal Unit providing 24 hour round the clock care for a number of months, …

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HARD FOUGHT POINT FOR PIRATES

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ABERDEEN LYNX   3           PAISLEY PIRATES   3     Honours, points and six goals were shared in this top of the table clash which saw both teams retain their unbeaten records to date.   The visitors had the advantage of an early powerplay, with Lynx’s Reynolds sitting out a Tripping call as early as the 5th minute, and they took full advantage as Miller was on hand to finish off a sequence with Wilson and Campbell for the opener within a minute. Both sides swopped periods of ascendancy as penalty calls were exchanged, but it was actually during a period of …

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NORTHERN LIGHTS BECKON

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Paisley Pirates look forward to possibly their toughest match of the season so far as they head North on Saturday to take on the in-form Aberdeen Lynx in a match which will be the pick of the weekend fixtures. They go there after racking up their biggest win of the season so far, a 15-0 rout of North Ayr Wild last Saturday, while the hosts are coming off an excellent 6-2 home win against the Edinburgh SNL Capitals.   “We’re anticipating probably our hardest fixture of the year to date,” said coach Ian Turley. “Aberdeen did of course knock us …

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PIRATES HELP OUT CLAN

  Paisley Pirates took time out from their on ice exploits to play “good neighbour” at the weekend, lending the Braehead Clan a netminder when the Elite League team faced a crisis as a result of an injury to their first choice goalie, Michael Zajkowski.   “I got a call from Gareth Chalmers from the Clan at tea time on Friday night asking if we could help them out, as they had two tough games coming up on the Saturday and Sunday against Belfast Giants and Nottingham Panthers respectively,” said Pirates coach Ian Turley.   “We didn’t want them to …

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PIRATES’ DEMOLITION DERBY!

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NORTH AYRSHIRE WILD   0           PAISLEY PIRATES   15     Pirates enjoyed a goal fest as they put their Ayrshire rivals to the sword in a one sided match played at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre, scoring no less than FIFTEEN times against the hosts, while Graeme Meechan enjoyed his third shut out of the season.   It took the hosts less than three minutes to open the scoring through an unassisted Chris Turley goal, and with under five minutes on the clock the lead was doubled as Chris Wilson finished off a move with Orr and Miller to give notice that it …

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LOCAL DERBY FOR PIRATES

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Paisley Pirates hit the road again, after another blank weekend, to make the short trip to Saltcoats to line up once more against the local North Ayrshire Wild, Pirates having won the corresponding match at Braehead Arena 8-1 a few weeks ago. “I’m expecting a difficult match on the Wild’s home ice,” commented coach Ian Turley. “We played well against them at the beginning of the month, I thought they didn’t play so well, and we were able to take advantage to pick up another good win.” “I think it will be a different story this weekend however, as they’ll …

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COACH PREACHES CAUTION

Paisley Pirates win their home opener 4-3 against Solway Sharks on,18 October , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Paisley Pirates continued their impressive start to the season after beating Moray Typhoons 10-0 at the Braehead Arena in their last match, but coach Ian Turley is warning against allowing any hint of over confidence to creep in.   He commented, “It’s very important that we as a club keep doing what we always do, and that’s to look at the next game as the one which we focus on-that’s the return match against North Ayrshire Wild next Saturday, and the fixture will get our fullest attention and priority. Only when that game is finished, will we then turn our …

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Typhoons Blown Away!

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PAISLEY PIRATES   10        MORAY TYPHOONS   0     Pirates duly completed a straightforward victory against the Typhoons in a match where the ultimate result was never in serious doubt, but it took their now regular third period surge to put a convincing result on the scoreboard.   The home side opened with pace and were ahead in under 90 seconds as Haydn Bain finished off a passing movement with Hassan and Thorp to score the go ahead goal. However, in spite of having most of the play for the remainder of the session Pirates were unable to add to the …

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Pirates host Typhoons

Pirates are back in action this weekend as they host Moray Typhoons, who make the long journey south to provide the opposition this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm).   “Yes, it’ll be good to get back onto the ice for some competitive action,” said Coach Ian Turley. “Sometimes it’s good to get a weekend off, as it allows any of the boys carrying an injury an extra week to recover, but normally I’m looking for a game every weekend to keep us ticking over. I’ve got a lot of young players in the squad this year and they …

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