Braehead Clan took a point on the road at Dundee Stars, but ended the game on the losing side, going down on penalty shots after both teams were tied at two.
After Hogmanay’s 6-0 romp over the Stars, Clan were keen to start 2018 in the same fashion, but knew they would face a different proposition.
It took just over seven minutes for the first goal to come as Craig Peacock sent a high shot past Dundee goalie Travis Fullerton to open the scoring.
The home side outshout their guests for the first, but couldn’t find a way through as Clan held on for the lead.
Braehead went two up five minutes into the second when Brendan Brooks pounced on a turnover, skate through the middle and finished shorthanded to double the lead.
Adam Brace almost added a second when he was put through by Oslanski, but Fullerton read it well to deny his old team.
Then Joey de Concilys tried one for Dundee, only for Ryan Nie to scoop it out of the air to preserve his goal.
The Stars pulled one back early in the third when Marc-Olivier Mimar hustled the Clan defence, with Gabriel Levesque taking the puck turning and sending his shot into the net.
Clan almost got their two-goal lead back straight away when Brooks intercepted an Omar Pacha pass to find himself clean through on Fullerton, but the chance went wide.
Dundee’s equaliser came on the powerplay as Levesque fed Jimmy Jensen from the left and the Swede’s one-timer flew into the net.
Despite chances at both ends, neither could find a way through for the rest of the period or in overtime, meaning penalty shots were needed to find a winner.
Riley Stadel was the man to make the difference, scoring the winning penalty for the Stars to complete their victory in the end.