Glasgow Clan 2 – 4 Nottingham Panthers
Glasgow Clan pulled back a three-goal deficit to one in the third period, but it wasn’t enough as Nottingham Panthers took the win in a 4-2 game at Braehead Arena.
After losses at the weekend to Coventry and Guildford, Clan needed to make this game in hand count while Panthers were eyeing up the top two as they got themselves into a title tilt.
It was a nervy start for the home side as Nottingham showed no signs of their long journey in the opening minutes, asking questions of Patrick Killeen and the Clan defence.
Glasgow did test visiting goalie Jackson Whistle as Matt Pufahl battled his way through the centre, but his backhanded effort was stopped.
Mikael Lidhammar also saw a decent one gloved by Whistle, however Nottingham took a deserved lead late in the first.
Brian Connelly’s shot from the wide position arced its way into the net, via a touch from Jake Hansen, to give Tim Wallace’s side an advantage.
Then they were two up when Danny Fick’s blue line strike took a touch from Brett Perlini on the way in and Killeen was beaten a second time.
Clan moved up a gear in the second period and caused more problems for their opponents, including one Rasmus Bjerrum had managed to force in, but the ref had already blown.
Chad Rau found a lane on goal later on and nudged it to Nolan LaPorte as they bore down on the Panthers goal, but the chance was sent wide and after two periods, the score remained the same.
Panthers got the best possible start to the third as good movement in passing allowed Sam Herr to jump on to a rebounded Jake Hansen effort and make it 3-0.
The home side finally got on the board a couple of minutes later when Scott Tanski drove on the net down the inside right, but his initial chance bounced off Whistle.
Linden Springer was right behind him to slam in the finish and finally get something on the board for their efforts.
Clan upped the tempo and they sensed an opportunity, but Connolly’s well hit shot from the blue line flew into the net, off the bar and Panthers had restored a two-goal lead.
In the end, Wallace’s men held on to take victory to help their own title hopes, but do little for Clan’s play-off aspirations.