REPORT: Clan sign off regular season with victory
Three goals in three minutes turned the game in Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan’s favour as they took a 4-3 win at Fife Ice Arena.
Malcolm Cameron’s side signed off the regular season in style as turned a losing situation into a winning one in the final 20 minutes to secure two more points.
The early stages of the game didn’t quite hit the heights of raucous and noisy Braehead Arena on Saturday, but Clan did give Fife some issues early on.
Glasgow got the opening goal after eight minutes when Rodney Southam’s effort came off the glove of Flyers goalie Shane Owen and ended up in the back of the net.
It didn’t take long for the home side to respond as Mike McNicholas saw his chance fizz wide, but James Anderson was more successful with his opportunity as he pulled Fife level shortly after.
Fife captain Matt Carter notched a second one for them to finish off a wrist shot past Shane Starrett’s glove side to put them ahead.
The early part of the second period saw Clan having to penalty kill as Colton Waltz, Matheu Roy and Nolan LaPorte all spent time in the box for different offences.
They came through it and even had a couple of powerplay chances themselves, but Erik Naslund emerged from the penalty box and got sight of goal, but found Starrett equal to it.
Braylon Shmyr got one of the better chances for Clan late in the second, which tested Owen, but the score remained with the home side edged in front after two.
Clan got the perfect start to the third when a bullet blue line shot from Tim Shoup took a deflection from James Isaacs to end up in the Fife net for the visitors to draw level.
Then Nolan LaPorte took advantage of the increased momentum, finishing his effort from close range to quickly turn the game around.
Dyson Stevenson got in on the act with Glasgow’s fourth as he picked up his third goal of the night and in the space of 134 seconds, the game had been turned on its head.
Carter picked up Flyers’ third with a well taken individual to give them a lifeline, but it wasn’t enough as Clan skated into the play-offs with their third win from their last four games.
Photos by Jillian McFarlane