Brahead Clan notch up two wins in the weekend's matches

By Craig AndersonBBC Scotland
Edinburgh beat west coast rivals Braehead at the weekend

Braehead Clan assistant coach Kevin Bergin praised forward Ed McGrane after his five-point haul helped his team to two weekend wins over Fife Flyers.

The Clan are second in the league just behind Belfast Giants after clinching full points from the Kirkcaldy side in a thrilling double header.

And the Purple Army number two was delighted with the contribution of McGrane, who scored three and made two assists over the two games.

"I persuaded Finner to go for McGrane after playing against him in France last year," said Bergin. "He's a professional, a good leader and knows where the goal is.

"We expected him to do great things when he came here and so far, he hasn't disappointed with the way he's played.

"It was a great weekend and you can't do much better than getting a full amount of points and going second in the league makes it even better."

On Saturday at Braehead Arena, Joe Cullen's double set the Clan up to a comfortable 7-4 win, despite going two goals behind in the opening minutes.

Jordan Fulton stunned the home team with an early goal before Flyers' debutant Kyle Haines, who only arrived on Friday, found the net to double the visitors' lead.

But Lee Esders, Ed McGrane and Neil Trimm turned the game on its head, putting the home side in front before Tim Hartung equalising for Flyers.

Cullen, in only his third game for Braehead, made it 4-3 before the second interval, with Shane Lust adding a fifth and D-man Cullen again finding the net.

Haines also found the net with his second of the game, but Tristan Harper showed great composure to send the puck into an empty goal to seal the win in part one.

The return leg on Sunday was a much more fiery affair, but Fife can rue their defensive errors that allowed Braehead to leave Kirkcaldy with the points.

Ed McGrane took advantage of a mix-up with Kevin Bergin adding a second for the Clan as frustrations started to boil over at times.

Haines was kicked out of the game for a slashing call on Matt Haywood before Matt Towe and McGrane added Braehead's third and fourth to clinch the points.

Afterwards, Fife Flyers' associate coach Danny Stewart revealed changes are on the way as the team struggle to form any kind of consistency.

"The head coach, Todd Dutiaume, have been discussing the possibility of change for over a month and we're doing our best to see what's out there," said Stewart.

"Kyle Haines was the first step when he arrived on Friday and we definitely need more depth and creativity up front so we'll see what happens."

While Braehead climbed the table, Dundee Stars slipped down as they suffered disappointment on the road as they went down 4-1 at Sheffield Steelers on Saturday.

The Stars were missing three players through injury, but went behind when Jeff Legue and Rob Sirianni scored for Steelers before Nico Sacchetti pulled one back for the Tayside men.

However League reopened the two-goal advantage then Aaron Nell twisted the knife for Sheffield's fourth to seal a home win.

Finally, Edinburgh Capitals are on a hot streak of form right now as their 5-3 defeat of Hull Stingrays on Sunday made it three wins in their last four.

They surged ahead in the second period, courtesy of goals Jade Portwood, Richard Hartmann, Curtis Leinweber and Martin Cingel with Hartmann adding a fifth in the third.

But Hull's Guillaume Doucet found the net twice along with Jason Silverthorn, but it was too little too late as the Capitals notched up another two points.


Elite League/Challenge Cup Group A

Braehead Clan 7-4 Fife Flyers

Elite League

Sheffield Steelers 4-1 Dundee Stars


Elite League

Edinburgh Capitals 5-3 Hull Stingrays

Fife Flyers 0-3 Braehead Clan