NEXT HOME GAME: We’ve got some midweek madness at Braehead Arena THIS WEDNESDAY (7:30pm face-off), when the Cardiff Devils come to Glasgow.
Tickets are available NOW online HERE, by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 499 1700 or direct at the Braehead Arena box office (Saturday 10am to face-off).
Coventry Blaze 9 – 2 Glasgow Clan
It was a night to forget for Glasgow Clan as Coventry Blaze, but Zack Fitzgerald’s men still managed to remain top of the Elite League.
Defeats for closest rivals Sheffield Steelers and Belfast Giants meant Glasgow clung to top spot despite the heavy loss, still a point ahead of the other two sides.
But it was a disappointing night and one the coach will scrutinise closely before Cardiff Devils come to Scotland for Wednesday’s televised clash.
The early exchanges brought saves from Patrick Killeen in Clan’s goal, who denied Evan Bloodoff then Jamie Phillips, Coventry’s goalie, denying Linden Springer’s wraparound effort.
It was Bloodoff, who scored the opening goal after converting a pass from Charles Corcoran and Danny Stewart’s men were off and running.
Luke Ferrara doubled the lead a couple of minutes later and the task was made harder as Justin Hache blasted one in from the blue line to put Blaze three up without reply by the end of the first.
The second period was barely two and a half minutes old when Bloodoff turned provider to set up Matt Pohlkamp and Clan were really in trouble, being four goals down so early on.
They soon added a fifth shorthanded as Drew Schiestel sat in the penalty box for tripping, with Corcoran finishing off a wrist shot.
Pohlkamp was on top form to add a sixth for the Blaze as the night continued to get worse for the visitors. This prompted Killeen to take a seat, with Jordan McLaughlin replacing him between the sticks.
There was a glimmer of hope, albeit the tiniest one, when Nolan LaPorte was quick to react to Phillips spilling Chad Rau’s shot and forced the puck over the line.
The joy of that goal was short-lived as Ferrara snapped a shot into the roof of the net as Coventry hit straight back and soon, Clan were on the wrong end of a 7-1 scoreline.
Number eight wasn’t long in coming in the third and it was Ferrara who struck to complete his hat-trick after catching Glasgow on the break.
Springer pulled another back for the Clan in an attempt to keep the scoreline a little respectable, but David Broll completed a great night’s work with Coventry’s ninth.
While the journey home from the Skydome will be a long one for the Clan players, they can console themselves they are still top of the pile in another interesting night in the Elite League.