Edinburgh Capitals, minus five key players, showed plenty of promise in their first pre-season game under new head coach Dmitri Khristich, despite going down 2-1 against top Canadian college outfit The University of Manitoba Bisons at Murrayfield on Tuesday night.
The tourists grabbed the winner with just six seconds remaining in an entertaining match-up.
Edinburgh, who had only one full training session prior to the match, went behind early on, Bisons forward Zach Franco scoring after new Caps goalie Pavel Shegalo, who looked good throughout, did well to stop an initial break-away effort.
Parity was restored midway through the first period, a debut to remember for 16-year old summer signing Calum Robertson, the former Kirkcaldy Kestrel breaking clear against the run of play to fire a fine finish beyond the Bisons’ goal-tender.
The second period produced no goals despite big chances at both ends, Mike Cazzola looking very dangerous for the home side, with Russian defenceman Denis Trakhanov also looking a good addition to the new look Edinburgh line-up.
Both teams visibly tired in the games latter stages, Juris Upitis missing a great chance for Edinburgh late on before the visitors scrambled home their late winner in the dying seconds.