Braehead Clan coach promises changes after defeat by Cardiff

Edinburgh beat west coast rivals Braehead at the weekend

Braehead Clan player-coach Jordan Krestanovich has revealed there will be changes to his team on the back of their latest defeat, going down 6-2 to Cardiff Devils.

The loss - making it 14 out of 25 for the Purple Army - was the latest in a desperate season for Krestanovich's side, who have struggled with injuries and form all campaign.

And it seems enough is enough for the fed-up coach, who has targeted new faces early in the New Year.

He said: "I've already said it and I'll say it again that there is going to be movement with this team and by 10 January, it won't be the same team.

"There will be changes and there are things we are working on at the moment. The bottom line, if there are guys not going to battle, they're not going to be here.

"Our goal is to win that conference and it always has been, but we've had to battle through a lot of stuff."

It may have been another poor night for Clan, but a thought must be spared for linesman Scott Dalgleish, who took a puck to the face in the first period and spent much of the night in A&E.

Things started well for the home team when Dave Nicoletti smashed his one-timer shot past Devils keeper Phil Osaer three minutes in.

They looked capable of adding more, with Brock McPherson and Ash Goldie going close, but Jesse Gimblett stroked home for Cardiff, with Clan goalie Garrett Zemlak positioned badly.

From then on the night got worse as Gerad Adams' side were out of sight by adding three more goals by the second interval.

Blight put the Devils ahead after Faulkner's first attempt was saved by Zemlak, then Stuart Macrae rampaged down the right and squared for Phil Hill, who finished their third.

As if that goal was not easy enough to execute, they went and did it again almost identically, Hill finishing from Macrae and catching Zemlak too far out of his crease to make it 4-1.

Adam Walker found the net early in the third period, pushing Rob Farmer's initial shot into the net after Osaer had scooped the puck in the air and Clan had a lifeline.

But the night was to end on a sour note as Macrae tapped home from close range from Hill's pass to trigger an exodus of at least some fans from the arena.

Then Mark Smith compounded the misery by adding the Devils' sixth with 90 seconds to go and send the Welsh side home with both points safely in the bag.

Clan forward Walker said afterwards: "Not a lot was said in the dressing room afterwards to be honest, but we seem to be making a lot of mistakes over and over again.

"Luck's going against us certainly, but there's more to it than that and I believe you make your own luck so we can't keep using that as an excuse."

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