The start to the weekend didn’t quite go to plan as Glasgow Clan suffered a 3-0 shutout loss to Nottingham Panthers.
For the the most part, it was a hard fought game that could have gone either way, but with Panthers taking their chances, it proved to be the story of the game.
Both goalies didn’t have a lot to do in the first period as Clan and Panthers cancelled each other for large swathes of the first period.
Matt Beca had the best chance of the opening 20 when he found himself in space down the right and fired a shot in on the angle, but the puck hit the post to deny him.
Clan’s #26 went close again minutes later when Chad Rau poked the puck to him, but the effort zipped past the wrong side of the post.
Nolan LaPorte also flung one in on goal, but once more, to Panthers goalie Kevin Carr’s relief, it went wide again and the score was blank after the first period.
Panthers had a couple of efforts to trouble the Clan in the second session as they tried to make the breakthrough as Jake Hansen’s squeezed effort was gloved by Killeen.
Then Jullian Talbot managed to see his shot hit the post, although it looked like it may have been helped on by Killeen on its way.
Another effort from Sam Herr, a low one, needed the Clan goalie to be on top form to make the save as the visitors put the pressure on.
But the breakthrough was finally made when Scott Pitt took a seat in the penalty box for slashing as Brett Bulmer helped Panthers take advantage of the extra man with a low shot that beat Killeen down to his left.
Clan didn’t get the reaction they were looking for and when Jullien Talbot added a second early in the final period, the task certainly looked much harder.
Dylan Malmquist took the puck around the net and fed an early pass that left Killeen’s net exposed, where Talbot swept in to double the lead.
A couple of minutes later, Clan were really up against it when Sam Herr’s shot deflected into the air, with Jake Hansen getting the touch to take it into the net and Nottingham were three up without reply.
Clan battled back as much as they could, with Scott Pitt shovelling his shot wide, but powerplay opportunities towards the end of the game that weren’t taken summed up what was a disappointing night in the end for Zack Fitzgerald and his team.