REPORT: Coventry Blaze 4 Glasgow Clan 1
By Sam Scouller; photos by Scott Wiggins
The Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan came away empty handed after a tough game on the road against the Coventry Blaze, going down 4-1 at the Skydome.
The Clan performed well in the opening period with immense pressure on Blaze’s netminder Paavo Hölsä from the very start.
Ty Taylor also made some key saves in the Clan’s net as he stood strong to tests from former Clan forward Colton Yellow Horn and Johnny Curran.
The visitors handled the Blaze’s early pressure well as they saw off a difficult five-on-three powerplay, with neither goal breached by the first interval.
Both sides were keen to open the scoring after the break, with Clan captain Craig Peacock striking the bar with a powerful wrist shot from the right side.
The Blaze were the ones who took the first lead though as Curran received the puck out in front and slotted it low past Taylor.
Gabriel Chabot brought flair into the Clan attacks as he weaved through the Coventry zone and found himself one-on-one, but Hölsä’s blocker was quick to it.
The hosts doubled their lead through a David Clements slapshot from the blue line while on the powerplay.
However Chabot responded for the Clan later in the period with a wrist shot quick off the face-off on the left side of the rink.
Taylor had a prolific second period for Glasgow as he made impressive saves consistently from dangerous attacks by the Blaze, including a blue line shot that was wildly redirected just in front of the crease.
Yellow Horn ended off the period with a wrist shot from the blue line that hit the crossbar as the buzzer sounded.
Coventry put themselves ahead by two once again when Alex Cook fired the puck in at the backdoor while on a five-on-three powerplay.
The Blaze sealed the points with a Brady Norrish slapshot which was redirected into the net by Ross Venus at the crease, delivering another defeat for the Clan.