REPORT: Glasgow Clan 1 Dundee Stars 5

March 29, 2024

Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan suffered a play-off set back as Dundee Stars skated away from Braehead Arena with a 5-1 win.

After the teams fought out an 8-5 score in favour of the Clan last Friday, it was never going to be the same sort of game with both sides out to claim those play-off points.

A fight in the opening minutes between Clan’s captain Dyson Stevenson and Dundee’s Xavier Pouliot set the tone, as the sell-out crowd lapped up the early show of adrenaline.

Ryan Valentini and Carter Johnson each went close on the home goal before Stars broke the deadlock midway through the first period.

After winning the face off in the Clan zone, Jake Elmer’s shot was stopped by Glasgow’s netminder Antti Karjalainen before Johnson popped up to stick away the rebound.

(PHOTO: Al Goold)

Stars went 2-0 minutes later when a wayward Alex Roach pass found Spencer Naas taking it on and needing two chances to make sure of their second goal.

Clan hit back straight away when Alex Forbes combined with Ryan Harrison, with the latter finishing from close range to close the gap.

Matt Barry was denied by Stars goalie Kevin Carr as he tried twice in vain to sneak the puck over the line in the second period.

But soon it was three for the visitors as they made the most of a powerplay.  Valentini fed the pass to Dundee captain Drydn Dow on the inside right position and he duly swept it home.

(PHOTO: Al Goold)

The home side were given a boost when Stars forward Brendan Harms was ejected from the game on a spearing call, but there was more frustration as Glasgow couldn’t make the most of the five-minute powerplay.

Karjalainen was on top form again in the latter end of the second, stopping a rocket of a shot from Elijah Vilio then getting on top of Naas’ rebound.

Clan battled in the third period to try and get some headway, with Carr having to be on high alert as Luke Lynch deflected a promising Roach shot in the direction of the net.

But the Stars took advantage of another powerplay chance as Valentini took the puck around the home net, laying it on for Brent Beaudoin to execute the finish.

A late marker from Naas made it 5-1 to round off a good night for Dundee with Clan now looking ahead to their trip to Belfast on Saturday.

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