Yep, nil points is the massive total from the weekend for Braehead Clan.
Sheffield Steelers gave coach Paul Gardner his first taste of defeat since joining the club on saturday night at Braehead Arena. A good game to watch, the two sides served up end to end stuff with the visitors running out 5-4 winners in the end. New signing Craig Cescon impressed in defence and it was good to see a d-man protect his goalie and harass the attackers in and around the crease for a change. Steelers comprehehensively outshot the Clan though and without goalie Daren Machesney’s heroics the deficit could have been much more.
A shoutout for #21 Alan Crane on loan from Solway Sharks (I think), very impressed with his performance and he certainly did not look overawed or out of place in the EIHL, one to watch I reckon!
Sunday saw Clan travel to the freezer that is Murrayfield Ice Rink (it really is that cold!) to play Edinburgh Capitals. I didn’t travel through (superbowl and all that) and from what I saw ln twitter updates and forum posts, pretty glad I didn’t. Clan lost 5-2 and I simply do not know what happens to the team when they hit the MIR ice. It’s like they enter a parallel universe where everything gets reversed? Pretty big blow to Clan Gardiner Conference aspirations to was that defeat.. Anyway, nuff said about that match!
The Steelers match will have been useful for Paulrus to see as it was a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup 2 legged semi-final coming up at the end of the month. He really knows what he is up against now, that’s for sure.
Now it’s fingers crossed for a d-man signing this week to bolster the numbers with Robert Farmer in Latvia with Team GB and Matt Haywood likely to still be out injured after taking a hefty check on Tuesday last.