Edinburgh Capitals will fight to the death

Capitals scorer Ryan Hayes, right, gets shirty with David 'Ling. Both received a five-minute penalty. Picture: Jan Orkisz/SMP
Capitals scorer Ryan Hayes, right, gets shirty with David 'Ling. Both received a five-minute penalty. Picture: Jan Orkisz/SMP
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Edinburgh Capitals’ two-goal hero Trevor Gerling, whilst reflecting on Saturday’s 5-3 win over Nottingham Panthers, hailed his team’s “new attitude” after the club’s impressive seven game home-win-streak was snapped by the Panthers just 24 hours earlier in what was an exciting two games at Murrayfield ice rink.

Caps gained swift revenge for Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss against the Elite League leaders, which included an Edinburgh short-handed “equaliser” just 19 seconds from time, chopped off after Craig McCallum mistakenly left the penalty box too early.

Man-of-the-match Gerling, who also weighed in with two assists on the night, said: “There was a little misread at the end of the game (on Friday), but we all put it behind us and came in with a new attitude. Nottingham have a lot of depth, a top goalie, and a couple of lines that can really play but for us the key was just to keep our feet moving, stick to our systems and keep it simple.”

In an excellent performance, Gerling never let up for a second and his explosive speed resulted in the game-winning fourth goal for the Caps, after he blitzed the Panthers, defence scoring on a break-away in the 50th minute.

“Any time you score an important goal like that late in the game it’s great, said Gerling. “The fans are into it. The guys on the bench get going, everyone just feeds off the energy.

“I love it here, the city’s great and so are my team-mates. it’s always fun to come to the rink for practice and games. It’s a blast to just hang out with these guys.

“That win-streak we had was nice, and our fans played a huge part in that, but to win again so quickly after it was snapped is huge.”

Edinburgh player-coach Riley Emmerson admitted he was debating whether or not to call a time out just seconds before Gerling’s late goal, after Nottingham, who had been trailing 3-0 through second-period goals from David Rutherford, Gerling and Kyle Bigos, scored twice in less than a minute with Juraj Kolnik and Bryan Schmidt hitting the back of the net to leave the hosts reeling with just over ten minutes remaining.

Emmerson said: “That goal was huge. We were debating whether to call a time out or not, we didn’t and we scored on the next shift. They had us on our heels and that gave us some momentum back.

“That first period was a battle, it was a war out there but we had a great second and that was good for us. Our special teams came up big. We scored two power-play goals and killed a lot of penalties. I thought we used our speed a lot more, that’s how Gerling scored both of his goals, he had one hell of a game. We really pushed the pace and we simplified things. We were a lot smarter with the puck.

“Nottingham are a very good club with a lot of skill and fire-power but I think we match up well against them. A split over the two games is a good result, but we were looking for more. We’ll take the win and look at improving a few things going into our game against Dundee this Sunday.”

Nottingham, in a thrilling final 20 minutes, scored again through Andy Bohmbach to claw it back to 4-3, before Capitals, and league top-scorer, Ryan Hayes fired into an empty net to restore Edinburgh’s 
two-goal cushion with just 14 seconds remaining.