REPORT: Glasgow Clan 2 Manchester Storm 3
By Sam Scouller; photos by Al Goold
The Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan fell just short of the Manchester Storm in an intense five-goal thriller at Braehead Arena.
Netminder Jeremy Brodeur got off to a strong start for the Storm as he kept out difficult opportunities from Gabriel Chabot and Jordan Cownie early in the game.
John Dunbar grabbed the opening goal in the game when his pass across the slot got deflected in by the skate of a Storm defenceman on his 300th appearance in all EIHL competition.
Stephen Johnson almost replied for the Storm later in the period as his effort from range was only kept out by the crossbar.
Dyson Stevenson and Jake Bricknell settled their differences halfway through the period as they dropped the gloves after the latter had used a knee on Jordan Cownie.
Manchester got off to an offensive start in the second period as Anthony DeLuca and Ryan Barrow both saw efforts hit the pipe in the opening minutes.
The Storm’s pressure paid off in the end as Cameron Critchlow equalised the game with a wrist shot in the slot after being laid off by Dallas Ehrhardt.
Chabot was narrowly kept out after a fantastic save by Jeremy Brodeur to defend Clan #7’s backdoor effort.
Then Gary Haden came close to putting the hosts back in front, but he couldn’t steer it past Brodeur from the edge of the crease.
In the third period, the Storm came close with a Critchlow shot which bounced off the crossbar and deflected back into Ty Taylor’s pads, which caused an officials’ review.
After a lengthy review, it was confirmed that DeLuca put the Storm in front after his shot bounced in off the pipe.
DeLuca then doubled Manchester’s lead with a fast entry into the Clan zone before firing the puck in from a tight angle.
Stevenson put the Clan behind by one after he picked up a rebound from Haden’s shot and scooped it around Brodeur.
Craig Peacock thought he had put the Clan back level after he redirected John Dunbar’s blue line shot, but the officials waved off the goal due to a too many men on the ice call, ending Clan’s hopes of getting something from the game.