by Blair McNally
It wasn’t to be for Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan as Cardiff Devils turned around 4-3 aggregate deficit to win 2-0 on the night and claim the tie 5-4.
With a place in the EIHL’s ‘Final Four’ Play-off weekend in Nottingham up for grabs, everything was at stake between the Scottish and Welsh giants.
Started with expected high intensity, the first period failed to set the stands alight as both teams defended desperately, reluctant to give away the vital opener in a contest separated by a single goal.
The second period proved to be more of the same with Shane Starrett once again impressing in the Clan goal, producing a number of important saves to ensure the hosts lead stayed intact.
As the period advanced, Malcolm Cameron’s men were unfortunate not to be ahead as Devils goalie Mac Carruth was next to be tested, leaving him to thank for the scores staying level.
With four minutes remaining in the period Clan fans were on their feet as they thought they had the opener through Mathieu Roy, however, the celebrations were cut short as the officials judged the posts to have come off before the strike was made.
Up against an aggressive Cardiff offence, the Purple Army knew that if the scores stayed the same for the third and final period they would be the ones advancing to the play-off weekend in Nottingham.
But with 13 minutes remaining the deadlock was broken as the visitors found the goal they were looking for as Jake Coughler was on hand to despatch in the slot with 15 seconds remaining on the powerplay.
Clan hearts were broken with two minutes and and a half minutes remaining as Trevor Cox latched onto a neat pass to slot home the ultimate winner, ending the Purple Army’s hopes of reaching the Play-off final weekend in Nottingham.
Photos by Al Goold
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