Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan defenceman Brock Beukeboom remains proud of the effort of the team despite the play-off quarter-final loss at the hands of Cardiff Devils.
The 30-year-old is enjoying the last of his time in Scotland before he returns home after a season that provided memorable moments.
And while he couldn’t fault the effort of what turned into a heartbreaking weekend, the overall disappointment continued to gnaw at him.
“We gave ourselves the best chance to win so for that, it sucks,” he said. “If we’d played a lot worse, it would have felt worse. We were the better team and that’s just hockey sometimes.
“The guys have done brilliantly over the last few weeks and while we would have loved to make it to Nottingham, we can be proud of what we’ve done this season.
“Winning in Cardiff on Saturday was huge and I felt we were the better team for most of the game on Sunday, but you can’t win a game if you don’t score. Cardiff’s goalie is a really good player and you have to give him credit for the job he did.
“It wasn’t through lack of effort and lack of chances. It’s just life sometimes and you don’t always get the result you want.
“It’s one of the strangest hockey years I’ve been part of, but that first game against Belfast really set the tone for the season.
“We gave ourselves a great chance to reach the play-offs and although we couldn’t do it, it was as much as we could have asked for ourselves. The play-offs would have taken care of themselves.”
Beukeboom also paid tribute to the Purple Army, who have made themselves loud and proud all through the season.
And he spoke of the scenes outside Ice Arena Wales on Saturday where he and his team-mates were greeted by the fans after winning the first leg 4-3.
“Coming out of Cardiff’s arena on Saturday was one of the wildest fan experiences I’ve ever had in my career and I mean that in the best possible way,” he added.
“After the game, we could smell smoke as they were lighting up fireworks and flares in the street and at one point, we thought there was a fire in the barn.
“They’ve been there for us all year and everyone is fully agreed on that. They had a full section in Cardiff, sang the whole game then came home after a nine-hour bus trip and did the same thing again. Not many fan bases would have done that.
“It was an up and down year for the team, but the fans stayed by our side the whole way and I personally think it’s one of the best fan bases I’ve ever been part of.