Sheffield Steelers 5 Glasgow Clan 3
Two second period goals gave injury-hit Glasgow Clan something to hold on, but it wasn’t enough as Sheffield Steelers ran out 5-3 winners in the first part of this double header.
There was a return to action for Scott Tanski after a lengthy period out through injury, which was great news, but this was quickly tempered by the revelation that four players were missing for the trip to the league leaders.
Mathieu Roy was ruled out of a return to his former club along with Travis Ehrhardt, Craig Moore and Mikael Lidhammar as Clan went to battle again shorthanded.
Glasgow had won the last four in Sheffield and were looking to add to it and they got the best possible start a couple of minutes in when Jordan Heywood’s shot was stopped by Tomas Duba, with Nolan LaPorte securing the finish.
Steelers levelled a couple of minutes later on the powerplay as Scott Pitt sat for hooking, with Michael Davies finding Marc-Olivier Vallerand with a pass, which he finished from the slot and it was all square.
Anthony DeLuca found the net with a go-ahead goal, finishing his own rebound after eight and a half minutes to put the home side in front.
By the end of the period, Steelers were 3-1 ahead with a shorthanded goal as former Clan forward Brendan Connolly broke forward and finished high on Patrick Killeen.
Aaron Fox’s side strengthened their lead five minutes after the restart when Michael Davies showed some goos skill to beat Chad Rau and execute a well hit finish from the inside left.
Within a couple of minutes, the scoreline moved to 5-1 when DeLuca’s pass found his captain, Jonathan Phillips, who moved in space in the centre and rifled in his shot.
Clan reacted almost straight away to show there was life as Linden Springer smashed one from just inside the offensive zone, sending the puck flying past Duba to pull one back.
Matt Beca reduced the arrears even further with a deflected shot and suddenly, Glasgow had moved to within two by the end of the second and with a lifeline back into the game.
Clan pushed, but couldn’t find a way through in the third as they tried to claw Sheffield back and although the best chances fell to Beca then Scott Pitt, it wasn’t to be in the end.
Now both teams get to do it all again in Glasgow tomorrow before they enter the busy festive period.