Glasgow Clan 6 – 3 Cardiff Devils

Glasgow Clan moved three points clear at the top of the league as they took the points in a 6-3 win over Cardiff Devils.

It was a first win in nine attempts at home against Andrew Lord’s men as Clan made it two victories from three against the Devils in this season’s series.

The Deviis took the lead in the opening couple of minutes when Mike McNamee swept in a rebound after Patrick Killeen had stopped Matt Pope’s initial effort.

Clan took a few minutes to get warmed up in the opening minutes, but once they found their stride, Cardiff knew they were in a game.

Glasgow drew level in the final couple of minutes in the first as Nolan LaPorte forced in from close range after a brief scramble.

Rasmus Bjerrum squeezed the puck into the net in the opening knockings of the second as Clan asserted themselves on the team who won the play-offs last season.

The Dane turned provider for Glasgow’s third when Craig Peacock barged into the face off circle, played a neat pass to Bjerrum on the red path, who duly returned it and Peacock had beaten Bowns.

Lord’s side responded almost immediately when Gleason Fournier teed up Blair Riley in front of goal and the Cardiff man made no mistake.

Pope rifled in a deadly shot with nine minutes to go to restore parity and set up a tense final few minutes in what had been an entertaining and thrilling encounter.

A five-on-three powerplay opened the door as Mathieu Roy linked with Scott Pitt to force the puck in and Glasgow found themselves nudging ahead again.

Cardiff had to throw caution to the wind and Matt Pufahl struck an empty net goal to make it 5-3 and put the points beyond the Devils.

A further marker, this time from Travis Ehrhardt with the goal gaping made sure of a good home win and strengthen Clan’s spot at the top of the table.

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