REPORT: Fife Flyers 3 Glasgow Clan 5
Five goals from five different scorers gave Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan the perfect start as they took a 5-3 win against Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy.
While this game was something of a precursor to the Challenge Cup meeting between the teams next Friday, it served up enough excitement to whet the appetite.
A trip to Kirkcaldy is seldom a comfortable, but the Clan looked good after the first 20 minutes being two goals up although Fife made a decent account of themselves.
Steven McParland forced Shane Owen in the Fife net into a good save after the tip from the #19’s stick looked goalbound, only for the Flyers netminder to somehow grab it.
A too many men bench minor was to be the home side’s undoing, leading to Nolan LaPorte finishing at the back post to give the Clan the lead.
Mathieu Roy followed up with a second a couple of minutes later, with Glasgow getting the break and last season’s top scorer deliver a good finish.
Fife’s Finnish forward Janne Lakkonen went close as his chance hit the pipes early in the second, but it wasn’t long before the Kirkcaldy side got themselves on the board.
It was Lakkonen with the close range effort that finally beat Zach Driscoll in the Clan goal, who had made a couple of good saves prior to that.
However, Clan were keen to restore that two-goal lead and a pass into the centre from Gabriel Chabot to Mitch Jones certainly teed that opportunity up.
Jones did what he does best by sweeping into the net from the slot to leave Owen beaten for a third time in the game.
Three minutes later, Clan added a fourth as former Flyer Colton Waltz drove on the net from the right and successfully executed a low finish to make it 4-1.
The home side pulled one back a couple of minutes into the third when Brayden Sherbinen combined with Reece Harsch before delivering a crisp finish past Driscoll.
Dillon Lawrence pulled Flyers to within one shortly after to make the final ten minutes a little more interesting.
Their joy was short-lived when Clan burst forward, with Jordan Cownie releasing Gergely Tóth and the Hungarian rifled in a fifth for the visitors to seal the victory.
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