Scottish ice hockey: Glasgow Clan find win after two painful defeats

By Craig AndersonFor BBC Sport Scotland
Glasgow Clan's Josh Gratton picked up two goals on Saturday
Glasgow Clan's Josh Gratton picked up two goals on Saturday

Glasgow Clan forward Josh Gratton believes the midweek humbling at Milton Keynes Lightning has made them stronger.

Pete Russell's team had the better of the weekend, taking three points from four after suffering an embarrassing loss to the team who were bottom of the table through the week.

Fife Flyers picked up just one point, while Dundee Stars now find themselves holding up the rest of the Elite League table.

Clan claim revenge over MK

It was something of a mixed week for Russell and his team and they recovered well after their 6-1 thrashing at his old team, Lightning.

And Gratton looked at the positive in the end as they got their own back, winning 6-3 over MK on Saturday after narrowly going down 5-4 in overtime against Sheffield Steelers on Friday.

"It was a bounce back game after what was a tough pill to swallow on Friday, but it's nice to end it on a winning note," Gratton said.

"We finished the run of five games in eight days with seven points. We could have had more, but we have to be happy with that and it's made us stronger as a team.

"The game on Wednesday was a one-off and we took it as a lesson so it was especially pleasing to take three points from four at the weekend.

"Getting two goals, it's always nice to chip in and help the team out, but more importantly, we got the win and that's what it's about."

Matt Stanisz got the only goal in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, but there was no time to feel sorry for themselves when Sheffield came to Glasgow.

Clan did everything right in the first half when two from Matt Beca and one each from Stanisz and Gerard Hanson gave them a four-goal lead.

Steelers clawed their way back into the game and were level by the end of regulation time as Ben O'Connor, Josh Pitt, Stefan Della Rovere and Ryan Martinelli all scored.

Mark Matheson's overtime winner killed the Clan off in heartbreaking fashion as the home team rued what might have been.

Against Milton Keynes on Saturday, Beca put the home side in front, but Michael Fine levelled for Lightning before Scott Pitt, Travis Ehrhardt, a second from Beca and Gratton's first put them 5-1 in front.

Lightning got a lifeline with two quick goals from Georgs Golovkons and Fine, but Gratton's second settled things late on to restore that winning feeling in the west of Scotland.

Flyers suffer double loss, Stars drop

Fife Flyers may have got only one point from the weekend, but it edged them a little closer to Belfast Giants at the top of the table, with the Giants in Continental Cup action all weekend.

They were beaten 6-2 by Sheffield Steelers at home in an unusually lacklustre performance, with Paul Crowder and Mike Cazzola on target for the Flyers.

But they got their point by taking Nottingham Panthers all the way to penalty shots, eventually losing 3-2, despite strikes from Danick Gauthier and Joe Basaraba

Dundee Stars plunged to the bottom after two more losses, adding to coach Omar Pacha's frustrations as they continue to struggle.

They started at Coventry Blaze on Sunday and although Francois Bouchard and Matt Marquardt were on target, but Stars went down 5-2 at the Skydome.

Returning home on Sunday, Cardiff Devils were waiting for them and although the Stars were level at 3-3 after two periods, the Welsh side forged ahead to take the 6-3 win.

Stats of the week

Matt Beca scored four for Glasgow over the weekend
Matt Beca scored four for Glasgow over the weekend
  • After scoring only twice in his previous 22 games for Glasgow Clan this season, Matt Beca added four to his tally at the weekend.
  • Dundee Stars have conceded six goals in each of their last three home games.
  • In 18 visits to Nottingham to play the Panthers since joining the Elite League, Fife Flyers have won four times and only once in regulation time.

Quote of the week

"I personally apologise for our performance and our poor discipline." - Glasgow Clan coach Pete Russell made his feelings clear after Wednesday's shock 6-1 loss at MK Lightning

Tweet of the week

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