Glasgow Clan’s recent woes continued as current league champions Belfast Giants took the points in a 5-1 scoreline at the SSE Arena.
For Zack Fitzgerald’s team, it was another night of disappointment as Clan continued to labour with players missing and a loss of form now extended into ten league games, where Glasgow have lost nine.
They made a decent fist of it in the first period as Matt Beca knocked an early chance over the bar, while Jordan Heywood’s attempt went wide.
Beca saw his hopes of opening the scoring in a one on one situation with Belfast goalie Stephen Murphy were dashed with the former GB international making a terrific save.
The hosts started to come into the game more as the first period wore on and finally got the opening marker as Jordan Smotherman’s pass found Rickard Palmberg, who slotted in from close range.
Giants turned up the heat in the second period and got their rewards as Elgin Pearce added a second as the home side burst from their own zone.
Palmberg was denied a second goal from Patrick Killeen in the Clan goal, which Pearce finished off as Adam Keefe’s men doubled their lead.
Just over the half hour mark, Giants made it to 3-0 with Palmberg there again for his second of the night, delivering a shot short side from Ryan Lowney’s pass to him on the right.
With three minutes to go in the middle period, Giants had made it 4-0 with Liam Reddox firing in from the blue line, tipped in by Brian Ward.
It wasn’t over yet as Belfast went five ahead without reply and Palmberg was having a great night as he picked up his hat-trick goal early in the third period.
Picking the puck up in his own zone, the Swede charged into the Clan defensive area, nicked it to his left and delivered a well executed finish and his treble was complete.
Clan changed things in goal as Killeen made way for Jordan McLaughlin and finally got themselves on the board with five minutes to go as Scott Jacklin stabbed in.
It was to be the only goal for Fitzgerald’s team, who return home to Glasgow and will do it all against Belfast at Braehead Arena tomorrow.