SHEFFIELD, UK – Having played more games than anyone else in the Elite League, the Edinburgh Capitals went into the weekend’s games knowing they couldn’t afford to drop any more points to the teams above them if they still had hopes of making the post-season.
With a tricky trip to Braehead on Saturday and Fife in town on Sunday, four points were always going to be a tough task for the men from Murrayfield but, just like their Rugby counterparts, the Caps were able to turn the form book on its head and add a maximum haul to their total.
First up for the Capitals came the trip across the country to Braehead.
Despite being outshot in two of the three periods it was Edinburgh who were able to make them count with one goal in the first, two in the second and one in the third to cap a comfortable 4-1 win over the conference leading Clan on Saturday night.
Next up was Sunday in the nation’s capital with the Fife Flyers hoping to stop Edinburgh to making it two wins in two nights.
The victory duly arrived, thanks in no small part to the Flyers taking a fancy to the away penalty box. A fifty percent conversion rate from eight powerplay chances was more than enough for the home side to claim that second win in as many outings. Peter Holecko started and ended the scoring in a 7-2 demolition job of the Flyers who were whistled for a total of eleven minor penalties. The win moved the Capitals up to seventh in the league and right back in the hunt for those playoff places.
Elsewhere Hull lost further ground on the teams above them, despite adding three points to their total. A 5-1 victory at home to Dundee on Saturday gave no clues to the goal fest that was to come the next night when the two teams resumed battle this time in Dundee.
A game that had everything would be the perfect way to describe Sunday night at the Dundee Ice Arena, 78 penalty minutes and fifteen goals kept the scorers busy but it was the Stars who edged it with Matt Baxter scoring eighteen seconds from the end of overtime to win 8-7.
Finally, in a short weekend for the league, Fife needed overtime on Saturday to see off Cardiff with a 5-4 win at home and Coventry condemned Braehead to a second weekend defeat thanks in no small part to goalie Peter Hirsch’s 32 save shutout in a 2-0 win on Sunday.
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