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PIRATES AHEAD

ABERDEEN LYNX   2           PAISLEY PIRATES   3     In a bad tempered affair at Aberdeen, with over 150 minutes in penalties given out, Pirates squeezed home by the odd goal in five to take a one goal advantage with them to the second leg of this Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Braehead Arena next Sunday.   The visitors were out of the blocks like lightning and were ahead on the powerplay within three minutes as Campbell put his side in front. It got even better for Pirates as before five minutes had gone they’d doubled their advantage as Orr got …

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BIG WEEKEND FOR PIRATES

Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley reflected on a potentially difficult trip to Elgin at the weekend before turning his thoughts to a massive double header, which sees the club head to Aberdeen on Saturday for the first leg of their Scottish Cup Quarter Final tie, before making the long trip home in time to take on the in-form Dundee Comets on vital Scottish National League business, less than 24 hours later.   “I thought that it was important that we kept our discipline on Saturday at Elgin,” he commented. “We’re not used to the small ice there and it becomes …

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WHIRLWIND PIRATES BLOW OUT TYPHOONS

MORAY TYPHOONS   1      PAISLEY PIRATES   5     Pirates got the show back on the road with a comprehensive 5-1 at Elgin, on a rink where in recent times they had struggled to get a result.   Minus the injured Miller and Bain, with Meechan and Riddell unavailable through work commitments, Pirates hit the ice quickly and were ahead in under 3 minutes as they took advantage of a powerplay opportunity to go ahead on the postage stamp sized surface through Thorp, assisted by Mark Hassan. The giant forward continued to be a thorn in the flesh to the hosts …

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TURLEY LOOKS FOR BOUNCE BACK

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Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley was in sombre mood after watching his side go down to their first competitive league defeat of the season as they lost 2-1 at Braehead Arena to the Edinburgh Capitals.   “We haven’t really played well in our last three games and I suppose that was always going to catch up with us sooner or later,” he said. “I’m not making excuses for our poor form, but like I’ve said in the past few weeks we’ve been carrying a few knocks, guys have been ill and there have been a few missing training for various …

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PIRATES CRASH AND BURN

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PAISLEY PIRATES   1          EDINBURGH CAPITALS   2     Pirates surrendered their unbeaten league record, and a two year long unbeaten home record, with a below par performance that saw them defeated by an Edinburgh team which, while perhaps not being the best opposition the home team have faced this season, were certainly good enough to secure the two points and inflict serious damage upon any title aspirations.   In a tight opening period, neither team threatened the opposition netminders to any great extent, although both were equal to any efforts coming their way. Pirates should have had a penalty shot …

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COACH: “NO SLIP UPS!”

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

Paisley Pirates face another difficult weekend as they take on Edinburgh Capitals at Braehead Arena this Sunday. The clubs drew 3-3 in a tense match in the capital last Sunday, and Pirates coach Ian Turley is expecting another close game when they clash for the second time in a week.   “In recent years our league games against the Caps have always been tight affairs, with never much more than a goal or so between the teams, and I don’t think this Sunday is likely to be any different,” he said. “We had a tough weekend just past when we …

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PIRATES GET THE POINT

EDINBURGH CAPITALS   3             PAISLEY PIRATES   3     Pirates withstood a Capitals fightback to claim a point in Edinburgh and extend their lead at the top of the SNL table.   In a tight opening period, the visitors had more of the play than the hosts, with Mallinson in the home goal regularly called into action, but it wasn’t until the 18th minute that Pirates took the lead with the only goal of the session, Riddell scoring the vital opening marker to send his team in at the break nursing their slender lead.   In the middle session, Edinburgh …

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PIRATES OVERCOME LYNX EFFECT

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

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

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”

    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

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

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

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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