Competition: Elite League. Date: November 20, 2016. Match: Edinburgh Capitals 8 Coventry Blaze 2. Venue: Murrayfield Ice Rink.
Edinburgh secured a convincing 8-2 Elite League victory against Coventry at Murrayfield on Sunday evening thanks to a Taylor MacDougall hat-trick.
MacDougall opened the scoring and his own account after six-and-a-half minutes, before Great Britain Under-20 international Tyler Plews doubled Edinburgh’s advantage three minutes later to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Coventry captain Jordan Pietrus’ power play goal got Blaze on the board in the 29th minute, but MacDougall’s second goal of the game restored Edinburgh’s two-goal lead less than two minutes later.
Edinburgh then went on to further extend their lead before the second break, with MacDougall turning from goalscorer to provider to set-up Matt Tipoff to score a short handed marker. Yevgeni Fyodorov then converted with the man advantage, after Blaze’s Ashley Tait had been penalized with a two minute penalty for slashing.
Jared Staal beat Coventry goaltender Brian Stewart with less than five minutes remaining in the final frame as the goals continued to flow, before MacDougall completed his hat-trick. New Coventry signing Barry Almeida scored his first Blaze goal before the end, but Staal’s second of the night ensured a six-goal margin of victory for the Capitals.
The result leaves Coventry bottom of the Elite League table with 11 points. Edinburgh meanwhile sit in 9th place, also with 11 points, but with three games in-hand over Coventry.