Glasgow Clan 1 – 4 Belfast Giants

Mathieu Roy netted his second goal in as many nights, but it was to be another night of disappointment as Glasgow Clan went down to Belfast Giants again.

There was no denying it was a much better effort as Clan looked to turn around what had been a wretched run of nine loss in their last ten league games.

The opening exchanges were certainly feisty as Brian Ward received a 2+10 penalty for a check to the head in the opening minute.

Matt Stanisz thought he had opened the scoring after five minutes, but was washed out by the referees when they felt Giants goalie Shane Owen had been impeded.

The opener came and it was the visitors who got it when Rickard Palmberg dashed down the left side, setting up David Goodwin, who dinked into the net at Patrick Killeen’s left side post.

Clan saw Craig Peacock ejected from the game on a slew footing penalty early in the second period, but they weren’t for letting that affect them as the home side got the equaliser.

A cushioned pass from Scott Pitt to the left of Owen’s goal landed nicely into the path of Mathieu Roy, who scored his second of the weekend against the Giants.

Belfast restored their lead minutes later when Elgin Pearce set up Goodwin for his second of the game as he rifled a diagonal shot into the net to make it 2-1.

Glasgow’s best chance to equalise came shortly after when Mikael Lidhammar had time and space to bury an effort, but could only hit it straight at Owen, leaving the visitors ahead after two periods.

Giants looked to kill the game off in the third period and a chance from David Goodwin with a one-timer threatened, but Killeen made a big save.

The third goal eventually came on when Pearce teed up Curtis Hamilton, who blasted one in from the left to leave Clan’s goalie beaten.

Then the fourth to round things off arrived on the powerplay as Mikael Lidhammar sat for high sticking and the man advantage allowed the Giants to put the icing on the cake.

Ben Lake’s square pass found Curtis Leonard in the centre on the blue line, blasting his effort into the night and the visiting fans were lapping up a big win in Glasgow, ending another pointless weekend for the Clan.

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