On Tuesday, Clan had four must win games left, they won the first two and then, hmmm if Hull Stingrays beat Dundee Stars.. they *only * needed to beat Stars.
Sadly for Clan, Stingrays went into meltdown tonight and lost 5-0.
This means Clan require to beat Stars at home on Friday at home and then win away at Fife Flyers on Saturday. Not an easy ask.
The displays against Flyers (5-1) and Stars (6-3) do give some reason for optimism though, more cohesive play, positive offence, better defence and playing as a team was great to see for the first time this season. They played like they wanted to compete and win, great to watch!!
Players of note over the two games, the ever present Haywood gave his all as always, Zajac stepped up, McPherson is looking fantastic on the boards and Farmer, Goldie and Schepke are looking awesome.
With Daren Machesney away for a career interview, Mike Will stepped in against the Stars and did a brilliant job, great to see him get the W!! I for one have no worries about him taking his place in front of the pipes. Very capable young man and one for the future!
So what of next weekend?
Well, based on the last two performances, Braehead Clan have every chance of doing what a few weeks ago was almost unthinkable, winning the Gardiner Conference. Coach Paul Gardner seems to have found a way to get the players motivated and long may that continue!