Glasgow Clan 4 – 1 Dundee Stars

Glasgow Clan have reached the semi finals of the Challenge Cup for the second season in a row after a comprehensive victory over Dundee Stars.

With the tie finely poised at 1-1, it could have gone either way as Stars chased their first ever last four berth, but it wasn’t to be on a night that turned into a disappointing one for them.

Clan were missing Scott Tanski (injury) and Chad Smith (cup tied), but they had more than enough to overcome a Dundee side who are now five games without a win.

The home side were in front inside the opening five minutes when Mathieu Roy had room to manoeuvre down the inside left.

Just when it looked like he would pull the trigger, he squared it to Jordan Heywood, who blasted his effort past Stars goalie Alex Leclerc.

The visitors were level soon after when Egil Kalns teed up Craig Gans, who swung his chance into the net and the tie was back on level terms.

Craig Peacock hit the post at the end of the first which could have been interesting, but it wasn’t to be as the teams were locked at two apiece on aggregate.

Clan went close again through Matt Haywood, who tested Leclerc with a shot from the slot after the puck had dropped at his feet, but the home captain didn’t get enough power on it.

The second goal did come as Linden Springer hit one into the centre from wide left. The Purple Army were on their feet in celebration as it squirmed into the net to give Glasgow the lead again.

A loose puck led to the third goal a couple of minutes later as Scott Jacklin beat two Stars defencemen in a foot race to get a shot on Leclerc.

Dundee’s netminder made the block, but didn’t count on Roy following straight up with the rebound and executing a finish that left Omar Pacha’s side on the edge.

Glasgow killed them off in the third on a breakaway as Mikael Lidhammar played in Haywood, blitzing his way through the centre and executing the finish that would secure a last four place for the third time in the Clan’s history.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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