Match Report:Tigers v Lynx
The Lynx travelled down to Dundee on the back of an impressive 34 goals in there last 3 games and were hoping to continue this excellent form into their first encounter with the Dundee Tigers this season.
However the Lynx were frustrated by a solid Tigers performance and in particular new Tigers net minder Mark McGill proving a hard man to beat.
The first period was eventful with the Lynx having some good opportunities but on balance was very even with the Tigers probably having the best opportunity to score with a 5 on 3 PP advantage in the closing stages of the first period. However, the Lynx held on well to end the first period 0-0.
The second period was a totally different situation with the Lynx laying siege to the Tigers blue line and dominating the period. However, McGill was in superb form stopping 25 shots in this period alone. The Lynx were playing some good fluid hockey but just couldn’t get the final phase to convert. A disappointing but very exciting period of hockey ended 0-0 for the Lynx.
The final period resumed with the Tigers having weathered the storm looking to get back into the game. They were rewarded after 3 minutes later when Interplay between Tigers youngsters Andrew Henderson and Scott Turnbull produced a goal to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Lynx continued to dominate the play and relentlessly attacked the Tigers with #13 Hogan and #19 Laing both having good chances for the equaliser but unable to convert. #98 Lewis McIntosh, #15 Malcolm and #37 Johnson had some nice interplay in front of the Tigers goal only to be denied by the post. #10 Findlay, #17 Smith and #12 Ross McIntosh all had long range efforts blocked and it looked like this just was not going to be the Lynx’s night. Then, with 5 minutes to go #8 Leyden had a glimmer of a chance with a slight breakaway only to be thwarted again by the superb McGill.
With 3 minutes to go the breakthrough finally came for the Lynx when #15 Malcolm carried the puck over the blue line and from an acute angle fired a low shot to the net. When McGill failed to cover the rebound he then pounced to hit the puck through McGills legs to secure the equaliser.
The Lynx Continued to pile on the pressure in attempt to secure the win and were given a PP chance with 24 seconds to go however,solid defence by the Tigers saw the game end 1-1.
On reflection this was probably a fair result. Although the Lynx will be disappointed to not get the win, they will be relieved they didn’t lose and keep their unbeaten record intact. The Tigers are a much improved team from last season with the addition of Mark McGill in goal and young Andrew Henderson and Calum Turnbull they were a difficult side to breakdown (Like the Lynx they are also unbeaten so far this season). I suspect many teams who face them will also find them a difficult side to beat.
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