Sheffield Steelers 0 Glasgow Clan 6

Glasgow Clan netminder Joel Rumpel delivered a second straight shutout on the road as Pete Russell’s men thrashed Sheffield Steelers 6-0 at the Fly DSA Arena.
 
The result moved Clan to fourth in the Elite League standings, to go a point ahead of Fife Flyers after an impressive result over Tom Barrasso’s men.
 
It was a fairly even first period, with both sides testing each goalie, but there was no breakthrough after the opening 20 minutes.
 
An early effort from Guillaume Doucet threatened, however Steelers goalie Jackson Whistle got the save.
 
Zack Fitzgerald saw a chance go wide against his old team as the bounce from the boards almost caught out the Steelers defence, but their captain Jonathan Phillips dealt with it.
 
Tom Zanoski struck the post to worry Clan while Tyson Wilson and Scott Pitt were denied up the other end in a close game.
 
Steelers were two men down going into the second as Robert Dowd and Zanoski failed to reappear, depleted their offensive numbers and it was in the second where Clan took advantage.
 
Pitt gave the Clan the lead after 27 minutes on the powerplay when a shot from Matt Beca from the wide left was rebounded, where #61 tucked it in at the back post.
 
The lead was doubled shortly after when Glasgow surged forward as Mac Howlett delivered his first ever Elite League goal from a Wilson assist, finishing backhanded in the slot.
 
A minute later, the lead was stretched to three when Pitt teed up Vaclav Stupka with a drop pass and the Slovakian delivered a low shot through Whistle’s five-hole.
 
Glasgow grew in confidence as the game went on and three goals turned to six in the third period as Steelers struggled to get any headway in the game.
 
With ten minutes to go, Stupka got his second when Beca’s pass to the backdoor was finished off, with Steelers ringing the changes as Whistle was replaced in the net for Brad Day.
 
Just over a minute later, Jack Musil had got himself on the scoresheet to make it five as Sheffield’s painful night showed no signs of easing up.
 
Rasmus Bjerrum finished a great night’s work with Clan’s sixth on the powerplay with a few minutes left, leaving smiles all round after another successful night on the road.

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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