Ice hockey: Edinburgh Capitals snap poor run

Curtis Leinweber (top of picture) score the game's winning goal. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP
Curtis Leinweber (top of picture) score the game's winning goal. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP
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Curtis Leinweber urged his team-mates to continue to “play for each other and the jersey” after Edinburgh Capitals grabbed their first win in 12 games with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Dundee Stars at Murrayfield last night.

The Canadian forward, whose two third-period goals turned the game, wants Caps to put in a strong finish to what has been a disappointing Elite League campaign.

Leinweber, who has now scored five goals in his last three games, said: “We’ve been on a bit of a slide, and to win tonight is a real confidence booster. We’re all professional, but when you lose so many games, and you’re not doing the right things, doubts start to creep into the back of your mind.

“It’s important that we keep playing for each other and the badge on the jersey. We need to strive to do our best and finish strong, both for our own sense of pride and for the fans.”

Edinburgh opened the scoring after just 41 seconds, player-coach Richard Hartmann executing a fine wrap-around move and stuffing the puck past Stars goalie Dan Bakala.

Despite missing three of their top forwards, short-benched Stars made the most of their chances, a John Dolan double sandwiched between a marker from Dundee player-coach Jeff Hutchins, giving the visitors a 3-1 lead at the midway point.

Edinburgh got back into the game in the 32nd minute, Marcis Zembergs firing in his own rebound.

A shorthanded goal from Leinweber tied the game early in the third period, before he converted a fine Jaroslav Cesky cross-ice pass to score the winner on the power-play five minutes from time.