REPORT: Glasgow Clan 1 Nottingham Panthers 3
By Sam Scouller; photos by Al Goold
The Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan suffered a tough 3-1 loss at home to the Nottingham Panthers in a close game.
The Panthers opened the scoring early on as Brett Welychka got a touch on Matthew Myers’ shot causing it to trickle through Clan goalie John Muse’s pads.
Nottingham came close to doubling their lead shortly after as Adam Brady struck the pipe with a wrist shot from the slot.
The Clan came close to equalising before the end of the period as Dyson Stevenson redirected Kevin Massy’s shot which trickled just wide of the net.
Former Clan player Mike Hammond gave the Panthers a two-goal lead in the second period as he picked up the puck at the backdoor and tapped it into the empty net.
Mitch Jones displayed some sweet hands as he dangled through the Panthers zone before putting a shot on net which forced Peyton Jones to make an important save.
Dyson Stevenson halved Nottingham’s lead half-way through the second period with a perfect top-shelf finish from the left-side circle.
Muse stole the spotlight though as he kept out a one-on-one chance for Mike Hammond before making an impressive catcher save on an Adam Brady redirect.
Steven McParland had a huge chance towards the end of the period when he got on the end of a high-lobbed pass from Drew McLean before firing a shot at Jones, but he couldn’t steer it in.
Debutant Niklas Tikkinen got himself involved as well as he unleashed a slapshot from the blue line which forced Peyton Jones into a blocker save.
The Clan got on the offensive early into the third period as Jordan Cownie struck the pipe within the first minute.
The home side attacked constantly in the third as they pursued an equalising goal with John Dunbar and Gary Haden leading the front line for the hosts.
The Panthers ultimately rounded off the game though as Matthew Myers scored a shorthanded goal on the breakaway to confirm the points and victory for the visitors.