Sep 3rd 2017: Edinburgh Capitals 3-2 Dundee Stars (after a shoot out)
Tonight's exhibition match between the Capitals and Stars ended in a 3-2 shoot out win for the home side after the game ended in a 2-2 tie after 60 minutes - and no goals in the consequent overtime.
Russians Valeyev and Banashkov made their debuts in the game and both made a good first impression with Valeyev's power and Banashkov's confident puck control clearly evident.Indeed it was both debutants who scored in the shoot out to win the game and give the club a confidence boost ahead of next weekends Elite Scottish Cup.
The first period was won by the visitors 2-0. A freak first goal went in just under the 3 minute mark when Dundee defenceman Hrynyk shot from close to the half way line and the puck inexplicably ended up in the Capitals net. The rest of the period was even with chances at both ends but as the period neared its conclusion ex-Capital Taylor Dickin pounced on a chance in front of the net and slotted home.
The 2nd period was goal less but did see a change in net for Dundee who gave back up Craig Holland ice time. There were gilt edge chances at each end with Callum Boyd sent straight through 1 on 1 midway through the period but shot high. At the other end Taylor Dickin appeared to miss an almost open net towards the end of the period.
In the final period the tide turned as the line of Stefishen, Anderson and Cazzola started to cause problems every shift. Cazzola scored early in the period after finding space in the centre of the offensive zone and one timing past Holland. As the period progressed the Capitals worked tirelessly to break down a resolute Dundee defence, but the Stars also had chances and hit the post as the game clock ticked down. As Stars went on the powerplay with just over 3 minutes left in the game it looked like the match was slipping away from the home side. However a break in to the Stars zone led to a chance for Mike D'Orazio who had joined the play late and he shot past Holland for a short handed equaliser.
With no goals in Overtime the match went to a shoot out, and it was Valeyev who was to end the game with a sweetly taken penalty shot.
The Capitals record their first win of the season and focus now turns to the Elite Scottish Cup next weekend.
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