ON THIS DAY: October 5th
It’s a busy day ahead today as we look back at four games in the club’s history featuring another couple of tricky road trips and two visits from a good pal.
We start in Nottingham and end in Castle Clan with Fife Flyers making their way over for some ice hockey. And no doubt some shopping too.
2013: Nottingham Panthers 4 Braehead Clan 2 (Challenge Cup)
Braehead Clan, under Ryan Finnerty, were off to Nottingham, looking to pick up the points in a tough game with Corey Neilson’s Grand Slam chasing side.
As was always the case in these trips, it was never going to be easy and there wasn’t much to split the teams in the first period.
David Clarke opened the scoring on the powerplay after 16 minutes, but that was quickly cancelled out when Nathan Moon got on the scoresheet.
A late burst of goals came towards the end of the second when Bob Wren and Robert Lachowicz edged the home side in front, despite Scott Aarssen on target.
But Matt Ryan restored the two-goal lead which proved to be enough for the Panthers on the night as they claimed the victory.
2014: Coventry Blaze 3 Braehead Clan 2 (Elite League)
Clan were in the Skydome for this 2014 clash and – as we’ve seen in previous meetings – they’ve often been extremely tight contests.
This one was no different and it was Marc LeFebvre’s side who took the points in a five-goal thriller that the Blaze managed to edge.
They started confidently as Jereme Tendler scored in the first couple of minutes, with Derek Lee added a second for Coventry not long after.
Braehead hit back through Derek Roehl halfway through the second period, but Blaze were 3-1 up before the second interval through Tendler.
Roehl also picked up his second, but it wasn’t enough as Coventry hung on to take the victory s well as the points.
2018: Glasgow Clan 2 Fife Flyers 1 (Challenge Cup)
Who doesn’t love a homecoming and that was certainly what Pete Russell and his team received when they came back home after being on the road for a month.
The Fife Flyers wanted to be the party poopers on this occasion in front of the sell-out Braehead Arena crowd and what played out was a fascinating, full blooded contest that Clan managed to edge.
Gerard Hanson put the home side in front at the end of the opening period, but there wasn’t a lot to separate the sides as time wore on.
They finally got the second through Josh Gratton with ten minutes to go and while Paul Crowder pulled one back for Fife, Glasgow kept it tight and recorded the win.
2019: Glasgow Clan 3 Fife Flyers 2 (Challenge Cup)
Who doesn’t love a homecoming etc etc and Zack Fitzgerald saw his team take a good 3-2 home win over the Flyers as they returned from some weeks on the road.
They had to come from behind as Tim Crowder scored after 10 minutes for Fife, but Scott Pitt was on target to draw Clan level.
A powerplay goal from James Livingston, assisted by Jordan Buesa, put Todd Dutiaume’s side in front again. However Clan left it late to turn the game around to claim the points.
Mikael Lidhammar struck as Clan had a man advantage with nine minutes left to go to set up an exciting finale for both sets of fans.
Then Mathieu Roy sent the Purple Army into raptures with the winning goal with 94 seconds left to play, consigning Fife and their fans to a miserable bus ride back to Kirkcaldy.