REPORT: Guildford Flames 5 Glasgow Clan 4
By Sam Scouller; photos by John Uwins
Aspray Glasgow West sponsored Glasgow Clan put on an impressive show in a nine-goal thriller but were painfully beaten by a last-minute winner for the Flames.
This result, along with Fife Flyers’ 4-2 defeat at Manchester Storm doesn’t change anything in terms of the standings but sets up a potential cracker in Kirkcaldy on Sunday between the two Scottish sides.
As for this game, Flames got off to a strong start as Brett Ferguson opened his account for the night with a powerplay goal at the back door.
Kevin Massy fired the Clan back level within two minutes as he rifled the puck into the net sharp off a face-off in the Guildford zone.
Guildford responded quickly however as Sam Marklund dragged the puck around visiting goalie Ty Taylor and sent it in just before Ferguson grabbed his second of the night.
Glasgow did come close multiple times in the opening 10 minutes with Steven McParland and Gabriel Chabot both hitting the pipes.
Taylor performed well in the Clan net in the opening period, pulling off crucial saves including an impressive pad save from a rapid shot from face-off by Daniel Tedesco.
However, Brad Kennedy brought the Clan back to within one later in the period when he set the puck into the top shelf with a sharp wrist shot from the slot.
Then Mitch Jones burst out of the box and onto the scoresheet at the start of the second period as he put the Clan back level with a powerful blue line wrist shot.
Jordan Cownie came close to putting the Clan in front shortly after as he sent the puck off the crossbar from distance.
John Dunbar was successful in his attempt to give the Clan the lead though as he picked up a loose puck in the crease and sent it into the net at the expense of his former team.
But Marklund grabbed a second goal in the game for Flames when he sent a shot from a tight angle which ricocheted off Taylor’s back and the crossbar before trickling over the line.
Taylor continued to express in the Clan net, pulling off three-straight saves in the closing stages.
However, Flames pounced on a powerplay chance though as Ryan Tait served them the points with a rebound goal with just 55 seconds left in the game.