Glasgow Clan 5 Sheffield Steelers 2

It was a return to winning ways for Glasgow Clan as they bounced from Sunday’s loss at Nottingham Panthers with a relatively comfortable 5-2 win over Sheffield Steelers.

 
Clan got off to the best possible start when Tyson Wilson played a short pass into the centre.  A touch from Gerard Hanson allowed Rasmus Bjerrum to finish low for the lead.
 
Steelers didn’t really get into the game in the first period, with a few half chances that never really bothered Joel Rumpel, although one did concern him.
 
Evan McGrath found some space on the inside right and his shot was on target, but Rumpel somehow got something on it to block its path.
 
Clan were much more composed in the second period and again, Rumpel had little to deal with from the Steelers offence.
 
Josh Gratton was unlucky with an effort from close range as the home side tried to make the most of their efforts.
 
Jackson Whistle did well to hold a powerful Travis Ehrhardt chance as Pete Russell’s men again tested Sheffield’s defence.
 
Then the second finally came when Stefan Della Rovere ran into three Clan players, triggering a breakaway when a pass found Scott Pitt on the opposing blue line.
 
From there, he found himself through on Whistle and dispatched his shot low to the Steelers netminders short side and Clan had doubled their lead.
 
The home side had to kill two five-on-three penalties early in the third and did so very well
 
A shot from Michal Gutwald from the left found its way into the net early in the third for Clan’s third for the ideal start to the final period.
 
Then a superb up and under pass from Travis Ehrhardt released Brendan Connolly though on Whiste and he duly slotted it past his team-mate to make it four.
 
There was a little concern from the home team when Steelers struck twice to halve the deficit as Justin Buzzeo and Tanner Eberle each found the net.
 
But Matt Beca’s angled shot into the roof of the net confirmed the points and the win for Pete Russell and his team.

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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