Match Report Aberdeen Lynx V Kilmarnock Thunder

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Lightning Lynx blow Kilmarnock Thunder away in 11-2 rout

Lightning Lynx blow Kilmarnock Thunder away in 11-2 rout

An “empahatic” performance from Christian Johnson saw the Aberdeen Lynx demolish the Kilmarnock Thunder 11-2.

The result means the Lynx remain joint top of the Scottish National League (SNL).

It was JOHNSON who opened the scoring for the home side after just five minutes, but a quick response by the Thunder saw them pull back level thanks to a well hit shot by Marcus MURDOCH.

But Johnson was on hand to help put his team back ahead, combining well with Jonathan Hogan to set up Iain MALCOLM to make it 2-1, before grabbing his second of the night for 3-1 going into the first break.

The home side’s dominance continued into the second period with an aggressive start seeing them pilling the pressure on to the Thunder’s netminder.

Andy Murphy looks on as the puck sails past the Thunder’s netminder. Picture by Ferguson Photography.
But it took nearly eight minutes before Andy MURPHY found a way through the dogged Kilmarnock defence to score on the powerplay.

New boy Mikulas NOVOTNY grabbed his first for the Lynx mid-way through second period – a deserved goal after a solid start by the Aberdeen side’s first import player.

Novotny celebrates with Callum MacEachran and Iain Malcolm. Picture by Ferguson Photography.
And despite a couple of penalties putting the home players at a man disadvantage, Andy MURPHY fired home twice in quick succession, completing his hat-trick and extending the Lynx’s lead to 7-1.

Just 10 seconds later Iain MALCOLM grabbed his second of the night to make it 8-1, before Christian JOHNSON completed his hat-trick with just 19 seconds of the period to go.

Owen Michie looked to have made it 10-1 with a perfectly hit shot, which would have been his first for the club – however, the referee had stopped play just a fraction of a second beforehand for a penalty.

Rounding off his Man of the Match performance, JOHNSON made it 10 with his fourth of the night after a great bit of coordination between Davidge and Novotny

And Jonnie JACK rounded off the scoring, picking up a perfectly weighted pass from Johnson to make it 11-1.

Christian Johnson reacts after scoring helping Jonnie Jack score the 11th for the Lynx. Picture by Ferguson Photography.
Keen to have the last word, the Thunder’s MURDOCH beat the Lynx’s defence and calmly slotted past Lynx netminder Mathieu Davidge on the powerplay.

Speaking after the game, Lynx head coach Owen Reynolds said: “We knew we were going into the game as favourites but that wasn’t to say we were without our own problems.

“We were missing several key players including Jordan Leyden, Mark Laing, Ross McIntosh, Craig Findlay, Aaron Thomson and Sean Dyer.

“Fortunately we have a lot of depth in the squad this season which helps us cope with these situations, although it did see several players out of position and players not familiar with each other’s style of play.”

“It wasn’t pretty but there were certainly some moments of brilliance.

“Christian Johnson continued his emphatic start to the season and Andy Murphy looks to be growing in confidence.

“I also don’t think Iain Malcolm should be overlooked having consistently delivered with five goals and five assists in the opening fixtures.

“The main thing for me was that despite a good start to the season, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.”

Elsewhere in the league, the Dundee Comets maintained their 100% record with a 10-0 defeat of local rivals, Dundee Tigers. Kirkcaldy Kestrels brought an end to a strong start by Kilmarnock Storm, beating them 6-1 on their own rink.

Edinburgh Capitals hammered North Ayrshire Wild 13-0 and Moray Typhoons got their first points of the season thanks to an 8-6 win over Solway Stingrays.