As we look around our alternate timelines, most of the seasons are in full swing and we’ve got three games to look back on today.
September was usually a big travel month so no surprise that we’re taking in journeys to Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast today.
Seatbelts on and seats in an upright position? Here we go…
2013: Cardiff Devils 3 Braehead Clan 4 (Elite League)
Braehead Clan undertook their longest away journey when they made their way to the Big Blue Tent to face a Cardiff Devils who were in the early stages of a season to forget.
It was a notoriously tricky venue to negotiate, but the visitors got the best possible start when Nathan Moon opened the scoring in the first ten minutes.
Mac Faulkner was quickly on hand to level the game and the Devils went into a 2-1 lead before the second break when Andrew Lord found a way through on the powerplay.
The third period was only 23 seconds old when Ash Goldie scored from a Joel Champagne assist then both men combined in the same way again three minutes later on the powerplay when Andrew Conboy was kicked out of the game for a check from behind.
Champagne delivered the killer blow shortly after – again as Cardiff played with a man short – to seal the points, despite a late marker from Mark Richardson to bring the home side to within one.
2014: Edinburgh Capitals 0 Braehead Clan 3 (Challenge Cup)
In a strange parallel, both sides served up the same scoreline as they did yesterday from 2015, when Clan went to Murrayfield on Challenge Cup business.
On this occasion, it was Richard Hartmann who was in charge for the Caps, but it was Clan who shut them out as Kyle Jones enjoyed a blank behind the pipes.
There wasn’t much to choose between the teams in the first period, but it would be Braehead who broke the deadlock as Derek Roehl netted on the powerplay after 32 minutes.
The visitors increased their lead early in the final frame through Stefan Meyer with captain Matt Keith making sure of the points with a goal of his own ten minutes from time.
2019: Belfast Giants 6 Glasgow Clan 1 (Challenge Cup)
Two years ago, Clan made the all too familiar trip to Belfast Giants, but came home with the sound of a 6-1 smashing in their ears.
It wasn’t a great night as Adam Keefe’s men racked up an impressive one-sided score. The positive was that it was the last away Challenge Cup tie in this group.
A shorthanded Brian Ward goal was the only marker in the first period, but Giants kicked on in the second through Jordan Smotherman (powerplay) and Curtis Hamilton.
Scott Pitt got Clan’s only goal of a poor night, but Belfast weren’t done yet as Liam Morgan made it 4-1 before the second break.
Ciaran Long and Curtis Leonard completed a rather miserable night for the Clan and for Zack Fitzgerald, still in his early days as Clan’s coach.