Merciless Murrayfield Racers fire in the goals with demolition job

Racers warm up for crunch North Cup ties this week

Sunday, 17th November 2019, 9:12 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th November 2019, 9:25 pm
Racers star Joel Gautschi leaves the Kilmarnock players chasing shadows

Murrayfield Racers, the defending Scottish National League champions, put on a ruthless display beating bottom club Kilmarnock Thunder 22-0 on home ice last night in Edinburgh.

Racers were 14-0 ahead after two periods of ice hockey, all after the visitors had done well to keep Murrayfield at bay until the ninth minute when Dean Walker opened the

scoring.

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The goals came thick and fast after that, led by four from former Elite League blue-liner Rihards Grigors, and eight players were on the score-sheet for the home side in the opening 40 minutes.

Walker, who opened his account for the season with a double in Saturday’s 12-1 Stuart Robertson Cup win at Paisley Pirates, completed his hat-trick with Racers’ 16th goal.

Director of hockey Tony Hand giving plenty of ice-time to his entire squad, as well as a start in goal to Murrayfield Under 20’s netminder Harry Elder, the 16-year-old did well to keep his shut-out intact when, with the score at 17-0, he slammed the door on a rare Thunder breakaway with a smart pad-save.

A first goal of the night for Callum Boyd on the 50-minute mark brought the 20 up for Racers, and when Kieran Black scored the club’s 22 and final goal of the night he was Murrayfield’s 11th different scorer.

It was a mercilessly professional job from the Racers, however they could ill-afford to coast the game as they return to tough National Ice Hockey League North Cup action this weekend, completing their group fixtures away to Billingham Stars on Saturday, before entertaining Whitley Warriors at Murrayfield on Sunday.