FORGET the 0-4 scoreline, Moray Typhoons gave Scottish National League winners Edinburgh Capitals a real run for their money in the first leg of their end of season play-off.
After two heavy defeats in the regular season to the Capitals, the Typhoons have improved and took the game to the visitors last weekend at Moray Leisure Centre.
They outshot the Edinburgh side in the first two periods, but could not find a way past the Capitals’ man-of-the-match, netminder Craig Mallinson.
The difference was in front of goal and after taking the lead in the 14th minute, the Capitals repelled the home side before firing in two goals in the space of 60 seconds in the second period and adding a fourth in the final period.
It gives the Typhoons a mountain to climb if they are to overhaul the deficit in Sunday’s return match in Edinburgh.
However, coach James McLeman believes his side can still upset the odds. He said: “Edinburgh is the top team in the league and we gave them a good scare on Sunday.
“I am hoping we can build on the confidence this game provided us and take that into the return leg this Sunday.
“It was a very close game. The Edinburgh goalie was their player of the match for a reason. We totally outshot Edinburgh, especially in the first and second periods and their goalie played a stellar game.
“The third period was riddled with penalties which really spoiled any chance of a comeback but that is play-off hockey.
“I cannot fault the boys for their efforts on Sunday but the result does make it more challenging for us to advance. We have to overcome a 4-0l deficit on their home ice, but anything is possible in the play-offs.”
McLeman said the first play-off game in Elgin showed just how much the Typhoons have grown as a team this season.