Sheffield Steelers 3 Braehead Clan 2

Despite launching a second period comeback, Braehead Clan couldn’t quite get the chances they needed as they were beaten 3-2 by Sheffield Steelers.

John Tripp, Clan’s coach, was looking for something from his team after Saturday’s forgettable 7-1 home loss to Fife Flyers.
And while there may be signs from his team, it wasn’t enough as the current play-off holders edged to victory.
Both teams created decent chances in the first period, but both goals remained unblemished by the end of the session and locked at a goalless stalemate.
Paul Thompson’s side almost went in front as a chance from Ben O’Connor hit the post early in the second, but it was the home team who opened the scoring.
A Colton Fretter wrist shot was helped on by O’Connor, with John Armstrong in the right place to stick the puck away for Steelers’ lead.
They added a second five minutes later as captain Jonathan Phillips finished off a rebound from a shot at point.
The final minute proved pivotal for both teams with three goals coming during the 40th minute of the contest that ultimately decided the game.
Ville Hämäläinen picked up his first goal since signing for the Clan, scrambling it home and was only goal line technology that confirmed the marker.
A busy restart soon yielded an equaliser 17 seconds later as Ryan Potulny buried a chance and suddenly Braehead were making a contest of it.
But the joy was suddenly tempered a further 22 seconds on as Andreas Valdix’s shot flew past Ryan Nie and the hosts were in front again.
The Clan pushed for another leveller in the third period and despite hitting the post and a couple of key blocks, finished the weekend with nothing to show in terms of points.

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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