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Clan vs Storm: The Story so far
After a tough weekend against the high-flying Nottingham Panthers and Cardiff Devils, Clan head to Manchester on Friday night.
The Storm have been one of the EIHL’s form teams of late and Clan will need to be at their best to get back onto a winning run at the Altrincham Ice Arena.
Glasgow’s first trip to Manchester
It won’t be Glasgow’s first trip to Manchester, with the Clan running out 4-1 winner’s last time they visited Altrincham in early October.
Bjerrum, Pitt, LaPorte and Lidhammar bagged the goals, with only the current EIHL Player of the Week, Mario Puskarich, being able to score for the home side.
Checkout the goals from that one courtesy of the EIHL.
Storm visit the Clan
More recently, Manchester visited the Braehead Arena, but the Clan again ran out victors, this time by a 5-2 scoreline.
Nolan LaPorte got the Clan off to a fast start this time, scoring just 1 minute 19 into the game. After that, Mac Howlett doubled the lead, before the Storm came back into the game.
That parity only lasted 19 seconds though, with Bjerrum instantly replying to Ulrick’s goal, before Craig Moore and Bjerrum again made sure of the second win.
The Series Leaders
It’s been a good series for Glasgow so far, especially so for Rasmus Bjerrum and Chad Rau.
The Great Dane has four points in the series, with three goals in there, whereas Chad Rau has been the ultimate provider with four assists in the two games.
Mario Puskarich has been the best performer for the Storm in points production, with two goals to his name.
It seems that a big key for the Clan will be controlling and limiting the Storm’s reigning EIHL POTW.
The Storm have come alive recently, boasting a 4-1-0 record over the last five league games.
Big wins away to Guildford, 3-1, Fife, 4-3 after a shootout, and Coventry, 4-1, alongside a shutout win in Altrincham over the Dundee Stars are the highlights, but even a 5-4 loss at home against the Panthers could be seen positively, having come back from 3-0 down to make that game as close as it was.
In that time, Jared Aulin (3G,6A), Mario Puskarich (3G,4A) and Kyle Hope (3G,2A) have been in fine form.
Clan have their very own stars to look too, with Chad Rau especially playing to an MVP level over the last five games, boasting three goals and five assists in that time.
Rasmus Bjerrum has also maintained his excellent goalscoring form, with four in the last five to his name, alongside two assists.
Those points haven’t translated into wins though, with the Clan going 1-4 in that period.
Storm do however have another game against one of the league’s form teams Wednesday night: The Nottingham Panthers.
Will they be able to stay hot before the Clan’s visit on Friday?