Glasgow Clan 1 – 5 Sheffield Steelers
Glasgow Clan suffered another loss to end the weekend on a low note, going down 5-1 to league leaders Sheffield Steelers in the final game before Christmas.
The first period just didn’t seem to go Clan’s way as Sheffield look to make it a four-point weekend and after an energetic start, got the breakthrough they needed.
Marc-Olivier Vallerand’s shot from the blue line looked to have taken a touch off Lucas Sandström’s stick as it was diverted into the Glasgow net after seven minutes.
Steelers almost got a second when Sandström charged in on goal from the right, with Janne Kolehmainen sweeping into the empty net.
There was enough of a suggestion that Patrick Killeen had been impeded, which convinced the referees to refer to goal line technology – a decision that led to no goal being given.
Clan’s chances on the Steelers goal were few, but the best one came from Chad Rau, whose effort struck Sheffield goalie Tomas Duba before hitting the post.
Aaron Fox’s side did get the rewards for a good first period display when Davy Phillips’ pass found Nikolai Lemtyugov in the centre.
The Russian forged forward into the O-zone and it seemed to open up for him as he delivered the puck into the net to double the Steelers’ lead.
The visitors made it 3-0 as Michael Davies swept into the net on a Brendan Connolly assist, but there was anger from Killeen, who felt his mask had been yanked off his face in the build-up to the goal.
You sensed the frustration growing in the home players and when Rasmus Bjerrum felt Marek Troncinsky had crossed the line with a challenge, he lashed out, earning both players roughing penalties.
Killeen did his bit at one stage denying Tanner Eberle with a wonder save then within a minute, producing an excellent double save to deny the Steelers #10.
Sheffield got the fourth on a five-on-three powerplay as Anthony DeLuca executed a finish from the slot and it seemed like a mission too much for the Clan at this point.
Clan managed to get one back through Matt Beca when Ben O’Connor’s stray pass was seized on by the home forward and she fizzed in a well-hit shot.
Janne Kohlemainen hit the post with a chance shortly after, but Steelers increased their lead to apply the bow on the Christmas gift as Davies got his second with a powerful drive to secure the points for Steelers.