Sheffield Steelers 3 – 4 Glasgow Clan

They had to work for it, but Glasgow Clan completed a four-point weekend as two goals from Rasmus Bjerrum set them up for a 4-3 success at Sheffield Steelers.

Clan made it seven wins in their last eight against the Steelers as Zack Fitzgerald claimed the points from his old team, hours after winning at Cardiff Devils the night before.

The game wasn’t even 10 minutes old when Clan made the breakthrough as a shot from Nolan LaPorte caused problems for Tomas Duba in the Steelers goal.

The visitors were quick to react as Chad Rau got there first and buried the puck into the net to give Clan the lead.

A couple of minutes later, Glasgow were two up as they took advantage of a turn over by Ben O’Connor, letting in Rasmus Bjerrum, who hit his shot over Duba’s glove for his second goal in two nights.

The Great Dane added his second when Steelers again looked hesitant at the back, with Bjerrum finishing off the assist from Rau and Clan surged into a three-goal lead.

Duba, who had been on great form in the last four games, found himself benched as Czech countryman Pavel Kantor took over between the pipes.

Zack Fitzgerald’s men were having a ball at the Fly DSA Arena and with 12 seconds to go of the opening stanza, Steelers were behind by four.

It was Matt Stanisz who finished it off as the Clan took further advantage of some chaotic defending, to the joy of the traveling supporters.

Sheffield couldn’t find a way through in the early part of the second half as they sought to make inroads into quite a substantial lead, but eventually they made some of the pressure count.

O’Connor atoned for his prior error to set up Anthony DeLuca, who escaped on a breakaway and finished the puck through the legs of Patrick Killeen.

There were signs of life for the home side, but they still had some work to do to try and get anything from the game.  They would have hoped their guests would tire.

DeLuca was certainly alert as he picked up his second of the night, taking on a rebound from Marc-Olivier Vallerand’s shot and promptly forced it over the line.

Glasgow hung in there to keep the Steelers at bay in the final period and almost had the job done, but Steelers coach Fox pulled Kantor in the last couple of minutes.

Vallerand’s pass seemed to be tipped in by Robert Dowd around a congested area in front of the crease, prompting Clan to seek goal line technology confirmation.

The goal was given, making it a nervy final 79 seconds as Steelers pulled their goalie once again, but this time the Glasgow defence stood firm and the four points were in the bag.

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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